One question I’m often asked is what should a decision journal look like?
You should care enormously whether you’re making good ones or bad ones. After all, in most knowledge organizations,your product is decisions.
A good decision process matters more than analysis by a factor of six. A process or framework for making decisions, however, is only one part of an overall approach to making better decisions.
The way to test the quality of your decisions, whether individually or organizationally, is by testing the process by which they are made. And one way to do that is to use a decision journal.
You can think of a decision journal as quality control — something like we’d find in a manufacturing plant.
Conceptually this is pretty easy but it requires some discipline and humility to implement and maintain. In consulting with various organizations on how to make better decisions I’ve seen everything from people who take great strides to improve their decision making to people who doctor decision journals for optics over substance.
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