OODA Loop versus PDSA Cycle

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Jaap de Jonge, Editor, Netherlands
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 . 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 Os: 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 c (...) Read more? Sign up for free

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