Tag Archives: Decision Breakdown Structure

THINK-plan-DO-check

The human bias towards ACTION is very strong. But what distinguishes us from the beasts is our ability to THINK, i.e. envision a range of possible futures, evaluate competing alternatives and commit to a specific vision of the future before … Continue reading

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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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3 Types of Decisions

A Decision Breakdown Structure (DBS) is the decomposition of any strategy or design challenge into a hierarchy of decisions (questions that demand answers).  First time “framers” of a DBS often have difficulty in understanding that they have to use the … Continue reading

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Synergy

Most folks working in business, engineering or innovation have heard of synergy and can likely muster up a shorthand definition: Greek: sun + ergos = to work together with 2 + 2 = 5 The whole is greater than the … Continue reading

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Innovate between the gates

Based on booth and lunchtime discussions, many of the attendees at the Product Development Management Association (PDMA) annual conference in Disneyland had both a passion for innovation and an acute realization of their need to efficiently manage their new product … 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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Business imperative: Adapt or die!

I live in the midst of a mature 18 acres woods that is a remnant of my grandfather’s farm. Although I spent most of last weekend trying to tame a small portion of this property around my house, most of … Continue reading

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