Category Archives: Decision Patterns

Consulting Services: Strategic, Pinpoint, Turnkey

This week I’ve been pondering how to communicate the value proposition for some new consulting services. They are not really new, i.e. we’ve done them in parts for many years, but newly packaged and aligned so that they can deliver … Continue reading

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Simplicity

Three events this week have me focused on the theme of simplicity. On Tuesday, I participated in a panel discussion hosted by the INCOSE Crossroads of America chapter in Indianapolis. We fielded multiple questions about the practice of Systems Engineering, … Continue reading

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Product Scoping Decisions

If you have been around Product Development or Systems Engineering long enough, you could write some horror stories describing how feature bloat killed a great product. Regardless of your product development methodology (waterfall, lean startup, agile, etc.), every product has … Continue reading

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Stimulate Grand Challenge innovation by clear problem framing

People love a grand challenge.  Nothing gets our creative juices flowing more than a tough well-framed problem. Grand challenges work because they: Excite the imagination, stimulate innovative, out-of-the-box thinking. Attract many contributors. Attract diverse contributors, both domain experts and outsiders … Continue reading

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Make the leap – to simplified strategy and product development

I believe that strategic planning and product management/development processes are unnecessarily complex at most companies – even the best of them.  This complexity has many causes.  Some valid contributors to this complexity are: These processes (Strategy formulation, development and execution, … Continue reading

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Diagnosing start-up failures – and learning from them

A great majority of entrepreneurial start-ups fail.  These failures have many “presenting symptoms” but one root cause – decisions (overlooked, poorly made, poorly executed).  Ultimately “all faults are decision faults” (see October 10, 2008 post).  If you do a root … Continue reading

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Decision patterns – an actionable mental model for startups

In his book, The Founder’s Dilemmas, Noam Wasserman highlights in multiple places the need for a comprehensive and shared mental model among the co-founders of a new business.  Many of the root causes of failed start-ups can be traced to: … Continue reading

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