Additional Resources

  • Snowden, David J. and Mary E. Boone. 2007. A Leader’s Framework for Decision Making. Harvard Business Review. November 2007. This is a readable introduction to Cynefin that goes into more detail than the description I’ve provided in this chapter.

  • Boehm, Barry W. 1988. A Spiral Model of Software Development and Enhancement. IEEE Computer, May 1988. In Cynefin terms, this paper proposes an approach to projects in which each project is initially treated as Complex. Issues are probed until the project’s complete set of challenges is understood well enough to treat the project as Complicated. At that point, the project is completed as a Sequential project.

  • Adolph, Steve. 2006. What Lessons Can the Agile Community Learn from a Maverick Fighter Pilot? Proceedings of the Agile 2006 Conference. This is a summary of OODA presented in an Agile-specific context.

  • Boyd, John R. 2007. Patterns of Conflict. January 2007. This is a re-creation of a briefing presented by Col. John Boyd.

  • Coram, Robert. 2002. Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War. This is an in-depth biography of Col. John Boyd.

  • Richards, Chet. 2004. Certain to Win: The Strategy of John Boyd, Applied to Business. This book is a readable description of the origin of OODA and its application to business decision making.

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