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Diagnosing start-up failures – and learning from them

A great majority of entrepreneurial start-ups fail.  These failures have many “presenting symptoms” but one root cause – decisions (overlooked, poorly made, poorly executed).  Ultimately “all faults are decision faults” (see October 10, 2008 post).  If you do a root … 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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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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Control requirements volatility with decision baselines

Requirements volatility is one of the classical problems encountered in systems engineering and new product development.  Changes in requirements that occur or are discovered after the design has started can lead to costly delays, rework, project cancellation or even failures … 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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