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Requirements Analysis – Getting Started Guide

Even though Decision Driven® Solutions emphasizes the central role of decisions in the product development process, we fully support Requirements Management best practices within our Decision Driven® Solutions Framework (DDSF) tool suite. We recently published a Getting Started Guide for … Continue reading

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Decision Driven® Information Architecture

Many of my previous posts have described the relationships among various types of knowledge: decisions, criteria, alternatives, requirements, risks, plans, etc.  There’s method (actually science) to my madness; here’s the Decision Driven® Information Architecture that I believe illustrates how decisions … Continue reading

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All requirements are derived requirements

Every requirement that you will ever face can be traced to an upstream decision; all requirements are derived requirements.  I used to offer students in my Decision Driven® Design workshops a large cash prize if they could name a requirement that … 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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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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Strategic vs operational excellence

I continue to run into folks who are pouring mucho money and effort into applying six sigma techniques to everything.  Six sigma provides a rich toolbox for continuous, incremental improvement of existing processes and systems; it’s great for helping organizations … Continue reading

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