John Boyd created the OODA loop concept. In building the concept he created a straight line of observation, orientation leading to decisions and actions. There is a series of feedback loops that keep the system moving. The goal? Simply to create a model for good decisions. The speed of the decisions varies and frankly is controlled by the orientation. If, and John Boyd was a US Air Force officer at the time he created the OODA loops, someone is shooting at you the expedience of the orientation changes to reflect that. IE make the decisions faster!
Taking that initial OODA Loops process we will add for our new system a source validation process focused on improving the quality of inbound data. Source validation is a process within orientation. How we see, view and capture the observation. Based on that concept we will create this new Loop from orientation to observation changing observation (collection) to reflect the source validity (orientation) and then when moving forward (Decide) we will create maximum return for our activity (Action).
Source validity takes a number of forms. A known good source, has to be consistently reliable, which means effectively that the feedback loop used within the system to capture sources has to be applied within the source. The outcome of the internalized source validation system has to mesh with our validation system. As a source validates the validity of its information, we need to capture that “validation” can carry it into the system.
Expert systems exist in the wild. Every company has one. They may effectively be little more than sneaker net systems but they exist. The first problem to solve is how do we capture the knowledge in the heads of younger and older workers. It is a changing of the traditional value of workers, while recognizing the new value of the new ideas.
Our system is based on an orientation of realized value and potential value.
Realized value in our system is what we know, or the existing experts or existing expert systems. Potential value represents the new idea, the new concept or the radical modification of existing information. This gives us our feedback loop to provide us with the Optimal Outcome on a consistent basis. The goal of Boyd’s OODA Loops is consistent quality decisions and therefore consistent quality actions. Capturing the two different flavors of information requires an adaptive knowledge system. One that is aware of tradition, this is the way things have always been done, with an allowance for change over time or introduction of radical new ideas.
· Do the sources we use have validation systems?
· Do we have internal validation systems for information?
· Do our SME’s manage the validation system?
· If I capture IP from our system and use it in a modified form how do I resubmit the new IP?
· If IP doesn’t work for me, how do I notify the system?
More to come