Tag Archives: complexity

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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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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Engineering is a gnarly profession

People don’t understand what engineers do.  Say “engineer” and a layperson thinks: Nerds Nerds with pocket protectors (I haven’t worn mine in years!) Nerds with pocket protectors and electrical tape holding their eyeglasses together (… decades!) Sophisticated laypersons think “Dilbert!” … Continue reading

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Continuous decision management

Newton’s Second Law of Motion is expressed as an equation is F = ma; Force = Mass x Acceleration.  This law is one of the most useful principles of the physical sciences; nearly everything we do and every product we … Continue reading

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Where do decisions end and implementation details begin?

Decisions are the human thinking process by which we create the future.  The more skilled you become at managing your business, your project or your life as a network of decisions, the more you will see that a truly comprehensive … Continue reading

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Criteria: Product Concept

The decision pattern within the Decision Driven® Solutions Framework (DDSF) web service includes 2 kinds of data: Decisions – a Decision Breakdown Structure (DBS) comprised of 200+ decisions arranged into a model that represents the strongest decision-to-decision relationships (typical cross-constraints) … Continue reading

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Decisions make it visible

I’m amazed at the power of a well-framed, clearly-stated decision to shine the light on a murky issue.  I’m reminded of Proverbs 20:5, “A plan in the heart of a man is like deep water, but a man of understanding draws … Continue reading

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