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Lean and Agile Thinking

It’s hard to escape the influence that the Lean and Agile movements have had on innovation-driven enterprises.  They have grown from their manufacturing and software roots to converge in the new product development, innovation and start-up space.  And done mostly … Continue reading

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Value is created one decision at a time

I have been thinking a lot recently about how value is created for any business or enterprise.  These thoughts were triggered as I was updating the decision patterns available in the Decision Driven® Solutions Framework (DDSF) and also discussing our … Continue reading

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Rapid problem framing through decision patterns

The Decision Driven® Solutions Framework (DDSF) was unveiled in June 2014 at the INCOSE International Symposium in Las Vegas, NV.  The enhanced capabilities of DDSF include a pattern copy/paste feature in the Decision Breakdown Structure (DBS) tool. This function enables … 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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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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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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Managing decision interactions

A Decision Breakdown Structure (DBS) for any complex strategy, system or project is a way to decompose the situation into well-framed, loosely-coupled, bite-sized and manageable “thought packages“.  Each decision “node” within this structure is a well-framed “fundamental question or issue that demands … Continue reading

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