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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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Capability roadmaps

I know this is counter-intuitive, but NOW is the time think strategically – NOW is the time to build a set of capability roadmaps for your organization!  This month’s global financial meltdown makes you want to shrink your planning horizon … 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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Top Ten decisions list

Every engineer, designer, strategist or manager should “own” a set of decisions.  If you’re managing knowledge workers who are involved in the thinking that creates the future (decisions), you can empower them by making the decisions that they own explicitly … Continue reading

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Decision patterns as a consulting services differentiator

Although I’m somewhat biased, I believe decision patterns are the ultimate differentiator for anyone who offers consulting services. Decision patterns are a form of high-level knowledge capture and reuse; they distill out the essence of the thinking that has worked … 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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