November 2018

Quick Decisions

CHAOS Tuesday Show #114 covers quick decisions. In this show we explore how to make and how to measure quick decisions. Jim Johnson and Jim Crear have a casual conversation on the process of making quick decisions. Delays in decisions cause project delays; the quicker the decisions are made, the faster the project gets done. Consider that projects fall behind one day at a time!  A highlight of this conversation will be the notion of “project cholesterol”and how it relates toSICOM (size/complexity), which is analogous to project “blood pressure.” We will also discuss how “project saboteurs” use slow decisions to kill projects. In addition, we will provide a lesson on how to use the to make quick decisions and benchmark them.Takeaways are:

  • Decision bottlenecks and barriers
  • Effect of project cholesterol
  • Overcoming project saboteurs
  • How to measure decision times
  • Basic use of the

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Jim Johnson

Jim Johnson is the founder and chairman of The Standish Group. He has been professionally involved in the computer industry for over 40 years and has a long list of published books, papers, articles and speeches. He has a combination of technical, marketing, and research achievements focused on mission-critical applications and technology. He is best known for his research on project performance and early recognizing technology trends. Jim is a pioneer of modern research techniques and continues to advance in the research industry through case-based analytical technology.


Jim Crear

Jim is the chief information officer and architect for The Standish Group International. He is an experienced executive with over 40 years of experience in the field of Information Technology. He has had a diverse career leading IT organizations in academia, biomedical, manufacturing, and software companies.


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