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Simplicity

Three events this week have me focused on the theme of simplicity. On Tuesday, I participated in a panel discussion hosted by the INCOSE Crossroads of America chapter in Indianapolis. We fielded multiple questions about the practice of Systems Engineering, … Continue reading

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Manage knowledge, not documents

I stopped thinking much about documents 20+ years ago.  I know that most business processes still demand them (stage-gate, systems engineering, new product development, government contracting, proposals, etc.).  I know that lots of effort is expended in maintaining document templates, … 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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Decision: Information Architecture

Whether you are designing a product with lots of “smarts” (hence software) or a new service offering or an enhanced business process, you will likely face an important decision concerning your Information Architecture.  I’ve framed this decision (in the product … 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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Problem-solving is decision-making, problem analysis is not

I’ve mentioned previously that the word, decision, is used with 2 distinct meanings.  First, a decision is a fundamental question or issue that demands an answer or solution.  Second, a decision is the alternative that I’ve committed to implement.  In Decision … Continue reading

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Decision framework for accelerated learning

Anyone can become wise if they take advantage of cycles of learning.  There is a compound interest effect that occurs if you harvest lessons learned from each situation you face, use these lessons to add to your personal tool kit … Continue reading

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