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Decision Driven® Information Architecture

Many of my previous posts have described the relationships among various types of knowledge: decisions, criteria, alternatives, requirements, risks, plans, etc.  There’s method (actually science) to my madness; here’s the Decision Driven® Information Architecture that I believe illustrates how decisions … Continue reading

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Failure to manage decisions over time

Every decision has a time-context (planning horizon) that’s important to understand.  Even though decisions are fundamental questions/issues that demand an answer/solution (and in a sense, last forever), their alternatives (answers, solutions) have a limited “good-for” period in which they create … Continue reading

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Common decision analysis errors

Yesterday I highlighted some common mistakes associated with failure to proactively identify and plan your decisions before diving into decision analysis.  Even if you have correctly focused on a high-priority, well-framed decision (successfully answered the “What do we need to … Continue reading

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All requirements are derived requirements

Every requirement that you will ever face can be traced to an upstream decision; all requirements are derived requirements.  I used to offer students in my Decision Driven® Design workshops a large cash prize if they could name a requirement that … Continue reading

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Pareto’s Law applied to decisions

When I demonstrate the Decision Driven® Solutions Framework (DDSF) web application, I sometimes get pushback when folks see the Decision Management windows/tools/panels: Criteria: Seeds the decision with proven pattern of ~10 factors to consider; enables the user to define their … Continue reading

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Decision Patterns: Rapid Idea Framing

You can use decision patterns to very quickly frame out any idea for a new product, service or capability.  I just blitzed through the service design decision pattern for a new service offering that I’m contemplating. This decision pattern contains … Continue reading

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Scoring alternatives – keep it simple

The evaluation of alternatives in a decision should be a simple process that unlocks many insights.  Effective scoring begins with a clear definition of criteria.  Each criterion (factor, stakeholder goal) represents an arrow or vector in the direction of “goodness”.  Scoring is … Continue reading

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