Shahzad Bhatti

October 14, 2008

Observe, Orient, Decide and Act

Filed under: Methodologies — admin @ 8:49 pm

I have heard agile evangilists talk about influence of John Boyd on agile methodologies. I have also read about his story in books like Release It and more recently in Simple Architectures for Complex Enterprises, which I am currently reading. You can read more about Boyd’s background from wikipedia link above but he came up with iterative cycle of: observe, orient, decide and act (OODA). One of key finding he made was that shorter feedback or iteration loop of OODA with low quality was better than longer or tiring cycle of OODA with high quality. Despite the fact that everyone calls his/her organization agile, this feedback loop is real essense of agility.

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