Tag Archives: Situation Appraisal

A foundation for great thinking

Last week I was asked what I do for a living. Rather than give a long explanation concerning Decision Management and Systems Engineering consulting, I went with the short version, “I teach people how to think” and followed it tongue-in-cheek … Continue reading

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Balancing factors for situation success

I’ve been blessed in life with the opportunity to tackle a diverse set of me-stretching challenges.  Perhaps I sought these out by saying “Yes, I can do that!” a bit hastily, but I’ve never considered a perceived-by-others failure to be … 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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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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Integrated methods or a bucket of tools?

In my consulting travels, I’ve come across quite a few organizations who use a bucket of tools approach to their strategy, product development and process improvement (e.g. six sigma) efforts.  They offer their teams a dizzying array of techniques, templates, … Continue reading

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Situation Appraisal for strategic situations

I regularly come into contact with highly skilled professionals who have had training in human thinking patterns (aka rational process, systems thinking) somewhere in their past.  A Kepner-Tregoe Problem Solving & Decision-Making (PSDM) workshop was my first introduction into this … Continue reading

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Decision patterns enable agile thinking

Over the past 20+ years, I’ve developed a large portfolio of decision patterns.  As a consultant to high-tech industries, I’m often thrown into situations where I’m not a technical expert and I’m in a room filled with lots of folks … Continue reading

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