OODA Loop versus PDSA Cycle
Boyd's OODA Loop and Deming's PDSA Cycle appear to be similar at first sight.
And indeed there are several similarities between OODA and PDSA
. They include:
- Think before you act.
- Cyclic nature of the process.
- Feedback mechanisms.
However there are also major differences between OODA and PDSA
- START WITH INFORMATION: A key strength of OODA is its (initial) focus on information through its two O’s: OBSERVE (collecting information) and ORIENT (analyzing information) while PDSA starts right away with Plan. Obviously information is crucial in today's society, economy, business, leadership, decision making, ...
- USE DISINFORMATION: And, as one of Boyd's colleagues, Harry Hillaker, wrote in "John Boyd, USAF Retired, Father of the F16":
“The key is to obscure your intentions and make them unpredictable to your opponent while you simultaneously clarify his intentions. That is, operate at a faster tempo to generate rapidly changing conditions that inhibit your opponent from adapting or reacting to those changes and that suppress or destroy his awareness. Thus, a hodgepodge of confusion and disorder occur to cause him to over- or under-react to conditions or activities that appear to be uncertain, ambiguous, or incomprehensible.” (Source: Wikipedia)
- PARADIGM: The orientation of PDSA is improvement (quality, operational), while for OODA it is competition (war, strategic).