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Embrace uncertainty, avoid ambiguity

Uncertainty is part of every decision; ambiguity should never be. There are at least 4 significant sources of uncertainty in any decision: Stakeholders’ inability to express the relative importance of design margin associated with criteria (weights) Inability to estimate the effectiveness of … Continue reading

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Decision patterns as a consulting services differentiator

Although I’m somewhat biased, I believe decision patterns are the ultimate differentiator for anyone who offers consulting services. Decision patterns are a form of high-level knowledge capture and reuse; they distill out the essence of the thinking that has worked … Continue reading

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Reverse engineering a decision and roadmap baseline

Nearly all of my consulting engagements start with the same task – reverse engineering a strategic baseline for the client’s business or project from whatever source documents they can provide.  The initial output of this effort is an explicitly defined … 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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Roadmaps for strategic alignment

Businesses have a lot of moving parts.  It’s a challenge to keep everything running in a smooth and synchronized manner in the present.  It’s even a greater challenge to anticipate some future state of your business and create and align all the … Continue reading

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Optimizing product concepts

Competitive pressures demand continuous optimization of products.  The Spider chart or Tornado chart comparison of alternatives (similar to those within the Decision Driven® Solutions Framework ) are very powerful tools to highlight optimization opportunities that can yield the highest payback. The … Continue reading

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Assessing promising technologies

We are all blessed to live in an age filled with wonderful technologies; these breakthroughs have made our lives safer, healthier and immeasurably easier than our ancestors.  I’ve always enjoyed history shows that trace the connections between scientific ideas and inventions.  … Continue reading

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