Many of my colleagues in the decision analysis (DA) community tend to focus on tools much more than process. I shared my concerns about this in an invited presentation for DA leaders in 2014. See below
Framing, mutual learning, and design thinking are critical to successful strategic decision making. They are as important as tools. Process is important because it can bring framing, mutual learning, design thinking, and tools together. This is especially important when we are working on complex decisions that involve many people.
Over several decades a small community of consultants working in and around Stanford University has developed a solid process for reliably generating good strategies. I call it the collaborate design process.
My presentation is titled, “The Collaborative Design Process and Decision Engineering.” The slides are available for viewing on my website. See link below.