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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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Big Ideas: Decision Management

Because Decision Management (DM) is not widely recognized as a first-tier management or technical process, I often have to restate the Big Ideas on which DM is based. For each idea (assertion of a truth that I’ve found useful), I’ve … Continue reading

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Situation patterns

Your job will typically fit into one of 3 patterns (roles, functions): Create: Innovate and define strategy, capabilities and solutions. Implement: Translate strategy, capabilities and solutions into reality. Operate: Manage, deliver, perform or support the stuff conceived and deployed by the other … Continue reading

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Failure to manage decision consequences

Everyone believes that decisions have consequences, but many fail to proactively manage them.  You can make a great decision, select a great alternative and still fail during execution.  Here are a few examples of common “failure to follow-through” decision faults: Next … Continue reading

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Decision Driven project management

Most project managers place their focus on a project plan comprised of a network of tasks and/or work packages.  These work packages are part of a hierarchical decomposition of the project effort known as a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS).  A … Continue reading

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Managing decision interactions

A Decision Breakdown Structure (DBS) for any complex strategy, system or project is a way to decompose the situation into well-framed, loosely-coupled, bite-sized and manageable “thought packages“.  Each decision “node” within this structure is a well-framed “fundamental question or issue that demands … Continue reading

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Roadmapping basics

Over the years I’ve helped numerous groups create technology, capability, product, platform and strategy roadmaps.  Most of these used a format similar to one popularized by Bob Galvin during his tenure at the helm of Motorola.  Such roadmaps depict the evolution … Continue reading

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