Tag Archives: thinking

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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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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Think smarter!

My hope for you all on Labor Day is related to the old cliche, “Work smarter, not harder“.  However, I believe hard work is generally good for your soul, so let’s truncate the cliche to “Work smarter“. Although I used to make a … Continue reading

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Efficient RFPs

A Request for Proposal (RFP) is a very common method of selecting suppliers for components, services or capabilities.  From a human thinking perspective, an RFP is ALWAYS just a data-gathering tool for informing a decision or set of tightly-coupled decisions.  … Continue reading

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Gates don’t accelerate

Many companies use a product development process that includes a series of gates.  At each gate they conduct a gate review to determine whether the product is ready for the next phase of development; if not they send it back … Continue reading

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Transforming science into technology into products into business

Decisions create your future! Whether you think of launching a new business from a top-down perspective (starting from your Vision) or bottom-up (starting from a promising scientific behavior to exploit and build around), the value of your business is created … Continue reading

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Bite-sized decisions

Even though human beings have amazing thinking powers, we really don’t like to think long and hard on anything.  It takes a lot of effort to focus for longer than a few hours on a single decision, problem or issue.  … Continue reading

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