I went to dinner last night while in a new town training a group of BAs. Since I wasn’t familiar with the local restaurants, I checked out their menus and customer reviews. After much internal debate I decided to head toward an area where a group of the restaurants were clustered.  This way I figured could follow my own advice from a recent blog post Using Real Options to Decide When to Decide.  As long as I narrowed the decision to three restaurants that were right next to each other, I didn’t have to actually decide which one I wanted to go to until I got there and could collect more information, such as which one was busy, what did the restaurants look like, and what kind of smells were coming from the restaurants. I was even able to get some good advice from a local.  In this case, my cab driver gave me some insight that one restaurant was definitely to be avoided. When he dropped me off, I ignored the restaurant he told me to avoid and then picked the steakhouse that was busy, looked very nice, and had a great smell of grilled meat coming from it. Read more about how to use real options in your work to decide when to decide on my blog post.

– Kent

About Kent McDonald

Kent J. McDonald is a B2T Training Senior Instructor and stives in uncovering better ways of delivering value by doing it and helping others do it. His more than 15 years of experience include work in business analysis, strategic planning, project management, and product development in a variety of industries including financial services, health insurance, performance marketing, human services, nonprofit, and automotive. He is a certified Scaled Agile Framework Program Consultant (SPC) and active in the business analysis and agile software development communities helping people share stories about what does and does not work. He shares those stories at beyondrequirements.com in addition to presenting at and helping organize several local and international conferences.

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