Category Archives: Decision Driven Architecture

Creating Value through Interaction Management

The ability to define, visualize and manage the interactions associated with any product or systems is growing in importance.  Mastering Interaction Management tools such as the N-Squared Diagram can create new value for your organization.  But where should you apply … Continue reading

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Early Adopters Whitepaper

I was recently asked to summarize the business results associated with delivering Decision Driven® Solutions (methods, tools, patterns and processes) to the early adopters at a leading global telecommunications company.  It took a weekend to think through my 12 years … Continue reading

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Functional decomposition is a decision

Systems engineers do a task that is commonly known as functional decomposition.  This task starts at the very top of the definition of a system and breaks down all the functions required to support the product’s mission (use cases) into … Continue reading

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Interpreting roadmaps

Yesterday I explained the difference between a roadmap and a project plan; both display bars on a timeline, but the meaning of the bars is radically different. Roadmaps display the time-availability and evolution of the alternatives for a set of … Continue reading

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Decisions and continuous risk management

Although there is a well-established “standalone” discipline of risk management, I strongly advocate that risks are best identified and understood in the context of the decisions that “create” them. Every risk that will ever be faced (in a business strategy, … Continue reading

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Models inform decisions

I often repeat the claim that decisions provide the context (superstructure, framework, skeleton, glue) for all other future-focused information.  Decisions create the future and anything that exists (as far as humans can reach) flows from conscious or unconscious decisions on … Continue reading

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Decision summary reports

The Decision Driven® Solutions Framework (DDSF) report generator provides users with the ability to publish 2 types of reports for their decisions: Summary Table – An Excel spreadsheet that captures all the decisions within the Decision Breakdown Structure (DBS) or … Continue reading

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