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Team chemistry

I was reminded this week of the importance of team chemistry. Even though I can document and decompose the functions that any team must perform and explicitly model the roles played by each member and the interactions among them (think … Continue reading

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Decisions have consequences!

My wife and I recently returned from 12 days in Hawaii where we celebrated 40 years of marriage.  I was very disciplined to avoid doing any real work during that time, rather concentrated on enjoying the sensory overload that the … Continue reading

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Decide your Smart City Future!

I recently attended the Smart Cities Week in Washington DC.  This outstanding conference featured a great mix of leaders from government and industry sharing their insights and solutions on how to leverage technology to transform the way city-dwellers live and … Continue reading

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Be pivot-ready – Exploit the delay between decisions and outcomes

One of the realities of decision-making is that there is an inevitable implementation delay between the time when a decision is made and when the alternative that has been selected begins to create value.  In a recent post on this … 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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All faults are decision faults

Continuous process improvement methods use problem analysis (root cause analysis) to identify and confirm the cause-effect relationships that lead to defects.  You cannot take effective corrective action until you understand the root cause of a process defect. Your current process or situation … Continue reading

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Decision déjà vu

We’ve all been there. You are sitting in a meeting and it dawns on you: We’ve made this decision before. Why are we struggling with it again? Perhaps it was on your last project when you wrestled with essentially the … Continue reading

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