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Here we see the main sub-disciplines involved in Discovery.

Note that these disciplines are highly iterative and that iterations could take milliseconds inside someone’s head or could take weeks or even months.

The specific plan/process that will be followed is passed from the phase above.

Discover

¨      Here information about the current state at the current level and about the current state at the level below is obtained.

¨      Some information may already exist in the Current models, but a lot of the information (especially initially) will be scattered throughout the Enterprise - in Documents, Diagrams, Spreadsheets, Mind maps, Checklists, the Intranet and last but not least People’s Heads.

Analyse

¨      Here information about the current state at the current level and about the current state at the level below is analysed and understood.

¨      This is accomplished in many ways, but one way is to use different types of abstraction (by Omission, by Composition, by Generalisation or by Idealisation) in effect, moving up the Abstraction hierarchy.

Refine.

¨      Here information about the current state at the current level and about the current state at the level below is refined.

¨      This is accomplished in many ways, but one way is to use different types of abstraction (by Inclusion, by Decomposition, by Specialisation or by Realisation) in effect, moving down the Abstraction hierarchy.

The process of discovery is akin to walking into a dark room. Initially you do not know what is in the room, or even the shape of the room. As you discover more and more information, lights are turned on here and there illuminating the darkness. The things near the light are illuminated clearly, things further away are illuminated but not with the same clarity. This causes us to be attracted to none, some, or all of these things we see further away which allows our journey of discovery to continue. As we walk through this land of discovery, walls and doors also appear. Some of the walls are high, some low. Some are made of paper, some of glass, some of concrete. Some areas entice us, others seem intimidating and dark in nature.

There are known knowns, and there are unknown knowns….

 

How does this discipline map to your Enterprise?

Does the discipline your Enterprise uses include all of these required inputs and outputs?

If not, what do you need to change? Who is Responsible for making them? And who is Accountable for making sure the changes are made?

 

 

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