Part of ‣ process.

  1. Clear realisation that the problem is generic and could only be solved with a decision that establishes a rule, a principle. Ask "Is this a generic situation or an exception?"

Types of events:

Determine what type of event you have at hand.

Ask yourself about your decisions "If I had to live with this for a long time, would I be willing to?" ‣

Write out what effect a solution is expected to make and compare with the reality. Ask yourself "Is a decision really necessary?" Don't make decisions about things that won't make any difference. (Constantly think about what you are doing)

  1. Clear the specifications that the decision has to satisfy: the boundary conditions, what the decision has to accomplish. What are the goals of the decision?

Look for incompatible, conflicting boundary conditions. Related: ‣.

  1. Thinking through what is right: the solution that will fully satisfy the specifications before attention is given to compromises, adaptations, and concessions needed to make the decision acceptable. You will always compromise in the end. (See Consensus and compromise decisions) Related: ‣.

  2. Building into the decision an action to carry it out. Make carrying out the decision's steps someone's responsibility.

To convert a decision into action, ask following questions:

  1. Build feedback into a decision. The feedback which tests the validity and effectiveness of the decision against the actual course of events.