Tag Archives | decision design

Nuclear skies- complex cloud patterns above

Nuclear options – decision made?

The Hinckley Point nuclear decision is a big one. I’m fascinated by the different stakeholder viewpoints reported in the media. They include EDF’s, the Chinese Government’s, the Opposition, UK tax-payers and electricity customers in the UK who, they say, will ultimately foot the bill for the Government’s decision. This decision is so big that the French […]

Common sense prevails - let's find out what the problem is before invoking the dooms-day scenario

Common Sense in decision-making

Have you read ‘Managing Public Money’? It’s a Treasury publication of the rules and guidance that public bodies and their Accounting Officers must follow when managing public money. Don’t be put off by the 217 pages – the main body of the text is only ~ 70 (the rest being appendices). In particular I like the Foreword. The one that […]

The Victor paid attention to design in decision-making

Design in decision-making

My web-designer does not understand why I have the word ‘design’ in both the Trademarked propositions that we offer. For me it is because the ‘design’ activity is often missing when creating business decision frameworks or creating business strategy. And I mean ‘design’ as a creative endeavour as well as a discipline. Given the media […]

Reaching the buffers proves you have reached the end of the line. Time to revise your decision strategies.

Decision strategies

I’m travelling to London as I do most days. I need decision strategies as delays are common place and trains are cancelled frequently. But my experience has taught me that the network tends to recover quite quickly and rather than join the hundreds of other people crowding on to other less direct services I’m better […]

Addition is not always as simple as we expect

Addition – successfully add to the team

What happens when you make a new addition to the team? An increase in output / revenue / sales? Usually an increase in costs / reduction in available desks / a longer queue in the kitchen / another email address to add to the distro-list… An increase or decrease in productivity (“efficiency”)? An increase or […]

Ambition to stay in the Spring moment

Ambition influences choices

This week I am thinking about ambition. Maybe it is because someone described the idea of having three kids under five as ambitious. Or perhaps because I have been reflecting on the ambition of changing the culture and behaviours of both staff and contractors in a civil service organisation. I notice how context sensitive ambition […]

Sand trickles into a stone-castle like details into a form. When will we have enough detail?

Enough detail

Have you ever put something into a process only to have it turned back because there is not enough detail? It could be a booking form or purchase order or a business case or a personal appraisal. Sometimes I find this annoying. Web-based forms used to be the worst but the relentless competition for online […]

What is our orientation? Sunrise or sunset? East or West?

Orientation in time – it’s a spatial thing.

It is a new year (relatively) and I have noticed that I’m confused. Less orientation than usual. 🙂 Wednesday’s seem to be earlier in the week than I expect them to be. And Thursday seems to be a long time coming around. It’s all a bit odd. This is not a single instance phenomenon. It’s […]

With floor boards this bad it is time to set aside indecision

In decision? Indecision?

I have to change the mortgage on our flat from ‘Residential’ to ‘Buy-to-let’ before the end of May. I find mortgage applications painful. Endless forms giving the bank you are already with, the same information that they already hold about you. If only they could find it in one of their creaky underwriting systems. So, […]

When is the timing right to photograph an ancient wall?

The secret of good business decisions is….. Timing

I’m nearly finished on this week’s blog. It’s a mentally challenging and conceptual taster for a technique we use in Business Decision Design® work. It brings fresh perspectives into strategy design or significant business decision making. I take a break to check the website stats for the last few weeks as I do occasionally. I’m staring at a […]

Marble fountain illustrates alignment of purpose from divergent viewpoints.

Alignment of different perspectives in decision making

I regularly travel up to London from Brighton, usually on the delightful train service that is called the Gatwick Express. It does go to Gatwick Airport but I think the term “express’’ might be construed as a ‘misleading action’ under ‘The Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008’. The trip up to town is fascinating. […]

Decision made! Applying principles helped.

Difficult decision? – it’s a matter of principles

Sometimes the decision is easy. Logic applies. The decision and the outcome can be parameterised. Data is available. The data is complete and accurate, a tried and tested method for evaluation based on the data is available. Nothing weird or disruptive is happening in the environment, stakeholders are of one mind… I did say ‘sometimes’! […]