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The Structure of “Unstructured” Decision Processes (1976) [pdf] (corporate-ir.net)
74 points by dedalus on Mar 4, 2018 | hide | past | web | favorite | 3 comments



See also: The Tyranny of Structurelessness https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Tyranny_of_Structurelessne...

"this apparent lack of structure too often disguised an informal, unacknowledged and unaccountable leadership that was all the more pernicious because its very existence was denied."

Or in Software, the Big Ball of Mud architecture.

You always get some sort of structure. The question is whether you get any say in what that structure will be.


Yes, that's a problem. The process tends to yield to the loudest voice in the room, or something like that.

The military has the tradition that, when officers discuss a plan of action, the most junior officers speak first. This is to avoid everybody agreeing with the boss.


Decision analysis is the area which deals with this kind of problems: how to structure your decision processes




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