Creating a decision network is a key part of decision framing. The connected decisions that are part of the decision environment help to identify the constraints that must be met to achieve success.
With Decision Knowledge Center (DKC), creating "alignment by design" is accomplished by building your decision network with these easy to use approaches.
Adding child decisions
Connecting to an existing decision as a parent
Creating strategic relationships with planned requirements
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When starting from an initial decision, it is common to build a decision network by adding child decisions to the starting decision. We will create a three decision network, demonstrating how to add child decisions to create a hierarchy, and some approaches for navigating the related decisions.
After logging into DKC, start by navigating to the DKC Home Tab. In the Find a Decision section, click the New Decision button.
Enter the Decision Name. For our example we will Choose Value proposition. Click the Save button. The new decision appears in the Decisions tab, and is ready for entering additional decision information. Notice that this decision is already shown in the Decision Hierarchy section.
Hover over the Child Decisions quick access link and click the New Decision button. Using this approach automatically sets the parent decision.
On the edit page for the New Decision, click in the Name box and enter Choose Product portfolio. Click the Save button.
The Choose Product portfolio decision now shows on the Decisions tab, and is seen as a child of Choose Value proposition. Click on the Choose Value proposition link in the Decision Hierarchy section to return to the parent decision, Choose Value proposition.
Hover over the Child Decisions quick access link. Choose Product portfolio now appears as a child decision. Click the New Decision button.
On the edit page for the New Decision, click in the Name box and enter Choose Customer experience. Click the Save button.
The Choose Customer experience decision now shows on the Decisions tab, and is seen as a child of Choose Value proposition in the Decision Hierarchy section. Navigate to any decision in the hierarchy from this section.
Clicking on the View Network & Heat Maps button to go a graphical view of the decision network. A star is on the Customer experience decision, indicating that is the decision where the view was entered.
To navigate to any decision in the network, click on the name link for the specific decision. Clicking on the box for a decision will pop-up a box with some additional decision information. This is useful during decision network reviews. Close the box. Click on the Value proposition link.
The Choose Value proposition decision now shows on the Decisions tab displaying the two child decisions that are part of its decision network.
Return to DKC Home and you will find this Value proposition decision network in the Decision Networks section. This provides fast access to this network in the future. Clicking on the link takes you directly to the top level (root) decision. Clicking on the button takes you back to the decision network graphic view. Click on the Choose Value proposition button to see the graphical decision network.
After initial work on an independent decision it may become clear that this decision is constrained by other choices. It can be placed at the appropriate place in the decision network by quickly identifying and setting the parent decision.
After logging into DKC, start by navigating to the DKC Home Tab. In the Find a Decision section, find the decision to be added to a network in the Independent Decisions section. For our example click on the link, Choose Services portfolio.
Once in the decision, scroll to the Information section, and double click on the Parent Decision field. Click on the Parent Decision Lookup icon. A new window will appear showing all results.
For this example, the Choose Services portfolio decision is best guided and constrained by the Value proposition decision. Find the Choose Value proposition decision in the list. Click on the link. The decision name will now be in the parent decision field. Click Save.
On returning to the decision you will now see it is no longer independent. It is now listed with the other decisions in the Decision Hierarchy section. The star indicates the current decision. Click on the View Network & Heat Maps button.
The decision network will appear with the Services Portfolio decision as a child decision of Choose Value proposition. Click on the DKC Home tab.
The Choose Services portfolio decision is no longer in the Independent Decisions section. In the Find a Decision section, change the pulldown to All My Recent Decisions. Choose Services Portfolio is the third in the list. In the Decision Networks section, click on the Choose Value proposition button.
The Decision Network graphical view shows that Services portfolio is now part of the Value proposition network. You can navigate to any decision in the network from this view.
In many cases a decision may be strategically related to another decision that is not directly connected through parent-child relationships. Planned requirements provide a way to capture those relationships in the early phase of the decision making process and improve alignment between decision makers.
After logging into DKC, start by navigating to the DKC Home Tab. For our example, we have created a clone of the business strategy decision network template. Go to the Decision Networks section and click the button, Choose Business Vision.
In the network view for the business strategy, it is recognized that the choice of strategic partners should influence the competitive advantage strategy. Click on the Strategic Partners link to navigate to the decision.
Hover over the Planned Requirement (Constrains) quick access link and click the New Planned Requirement button.
In the Information section of the Planned Requirement Edit screen, click on the Constrains Lookup button next to the Constrains field.
Find the Choose Competitive Advantage Strategy decision by typing *advantage* in the search box and clicking Go!
Click on the Choose Competitive Advantage Strategy link which will place this decision in the Constrains field.
Type Competitive Advantage strategy should account for our key partners unique capabilities into the Description field. Click Save.
The planned requirement now shows the constraining relationship between decisions, along with a description of the requirement that must be addressed in the decision making process. Click on the Choose Strategic Partners link to return to the decision.
Hover over the Planned Requirement (Constrains) quick access link to see the Planned Requirement that has just been added. In a similar manner Planned Requirements (Constrained by) can be added by hovering over the quick access link and repeating the same process. Click on the Planned Requirements tab.
On the Planned Requirements tab you can see the Planned Requirements that exist between decisions, including the one that has just been created.