Accelerated Leadership Through OODA Concepts
Jeff will present the origin and principles of the Observe, Orient, Decide, Act (OODA) concept. While the OODA cycle was originally developed by US Air Force Colonel John Boyd for aerial combat situations, its concepts have been applied to business arenas. In either environment, the importance of assessing the situation, readying yourself, making a decision, and acting are key to success. And the faster those decisions can be made, the more likely you will be in a better position for success.
OODA concepts capture important assessment and decision-making principles that provide competitive advantage. More specific to IT application development, it enables systems to be quickly delivered so the business can receive their benefits. It also allows practitioners to regularly assess and respond to ever and rapidly changing circumstances and conditions.
Like Agile, Scrum, and other accelerated information technology development techniques, OODA accepts uncertainty and unknown final requirements as a starting point, and assume the need for independent action, adaptation, and continual assessment as integral components of decision and development processes. For Agile, it is through selection of achievable requirements and scope from a product backlog to create the scope basis for a scrum. For OODA, it is the specific point of orientation, a settling on a point of view, which provides the basis for decision and action. Both concepts involve an implicit or explicit timebox, a defined framework or cycle that confirms finite variables and narrows focus to achievable results in the near or immediate term.
- What is OODA and how does it work
- What are its strengths and weaknesses
- How can it be applied to a project
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