Tracking why we make decisions

I’ve been wondering what we could learn if we tracked the reasons why we make certain decisions.  We could use a Kanban board to do this like so:

The notes above each border between the columns are where we would track the reasons why we decided to pull each card from the previous column.

 22nd June 2013

I have cleared off my Personal Kanban board at work over a week ago and have not yet decided how to use it to track decisions.

Just realised that there might be some value in tracking why I am not making decisions. In this case, I cannot think of where to start, what to track and how to track it.

Paradoxically I can now use the board to track why I am putting off decisions and by putting up the one that I do not know where to start, I will actually be starting.

28th July 2013

I have been studying decisions in the last couple of weeks and I have noticed that decisions appear to ‘pull’ data into them. We can write the decision we are trying to make on the top of a card and the data items that we think we need as a list underneath. It is possible to make the decision with partial data – sometimes even one piece is enough.

2 thoughts on “Tracking why we make decisions

    • Good questions – I have not tried it out yet.
      It’s about time I pulled down my Personal Kanban board and rebuilt it again.
      Can make a note now that the reason I am making the decision to rebuild the board is because you asked – thank you Ted.

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