Judging the Quality of an ‘Agile’ Decision

The “agile” project management approach, which grew out of software development projects, features rapid iteration to communicate, integrate, and learn in order to achieve desired project results. In such a fast-paced decision process, is there room to ensure decision quality?

A central tenet of decision quality is that when facing uncertainty, we cannot judge a decision by its outcome. Instead, we look to the process used to arrive at the decision. In this webinar, our speakers tackle how to determine which kind of decision situation you are facing, select the fit-for-purpose decision process—agile or otherwise—and apply the requirements of DQ to give you the best chance of achieving your desired outcome.

View this webinar to learn:

  • Whether the requirements of decision quality change for different kinds of decisions.
  • How to diagnose a decision situation and select the right decision-making approach.
  • How the rapid iteration of “agile” decision making differs from the approach used for big, irreversible, strategic decisions.

Carl Spetzler, SDGCarl Spetzler is an author, speaker, and consultant with more than 40 years of experience working with top management and boards to make value-creating strategic decisions in the face of uncertainty. He is a co-author of Decision Quality: Value Creation from Better Business Decisions (Wiley, 2016). Carl is chairman of management consulting firm Strategic Decisions Group.

Eric Bickel, UTEric Bickel is Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in Operations Research & Industrial Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. His research interests include the theory and practice of decision making under uncertainty and its application to business strategy and public policy. He is a partner and member of the board of management consulting firm Strategic Decisions Group.