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Embrace uncertainty, avoid ambiguity

Uncertainty is part of every decision; ambiguity should never be. There are at least 4 significant sources of uncertainty in any decision: Stakeholders’ inability to express the relative importance of design margin associated with criteria (weights) Inability to estimate the effectiveness of … Continue reading

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Visible assumptions

When folks don’t know what to call something or where it fits in the scheme of things, they tend to throw it into a big bucket or list of assumptions.  This happens most frequently when they are attempting to understand … Continue reading

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Decisions reduce complexity

My grandson Luke (4) is actively working out the cause-effect relationships that govern his world.  He recently told his mom, “I need to drink more water, I’m constitrated“.  Beyond the humorous combination of constipated + concentrated, he had discerned that his … Continue reading

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What are criteria?

Criteria are one of the most fundamental elements of making a high quality decision.  Simply put, criteria are the way that you define success for a specific decision.  There are many synonyms for criteria: factors, measures of effectiveness, attributes, characteristics, … Continue reading

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