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Decision patterns – an actionable mental model for startups

In his book, The Founder’s Dilemmas, Noam Wasserman highlights in multiple places the need for a comprehensive and shared mental model among the co-founders of a new business.  Many of the root causes of failed start-ups can be traced to: … Continue reading

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Update to Decision Patterns

The Decision Driven® Solutions Framework (DDSF) has built-in support for the use of knowledge patterns.  This includes the ability to create and maintain a hierarchical pattern for a set of requirements, decisions or architecture elements.  These patterns can be used … 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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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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Decision faults: failure to proactively plan your decisions

In my October 10, 2008 post, I introduced my belief that all faults are decision faults.  Over the years, I’ve seen quite a variety of bad decision practices that lead to failure.  Here are some decision faults that I lump … Continue reading

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Top Ten decisions list

Every engineer, designer, strategist or manager should “own” a set of decisions.  If you’re managing knowledge workers who are involved in the thinking that creates the future (decisions), you can empower them by making the decisions that they own explicitly … 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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