by Ed Beakley
Boundary Condition #4 (3)
The Observe Orient Decide Act decision making process, or as it is commonly known, OODA Loop, was evolved over time by John Boyd in search of improvements in capability in the highly competitive environment of war. Over time many have come to see the worth of the OODA process as instructive in any competitive environment. Indeed Boyd’s last work summarized his thinking in stating “without OODA loops… and without the ability to get inside other OODA Loops (or environments) we will find it impossible to comprehend, shape, adapt to, and in turn be shaped by an unfolding, evolving reality that is uncertain, ever changing, unpredictable.” Many consider Boyd and the “loop” in only the context of having a faster loop than the competitor. But the real value is found in the realization that the OODA loop in its complete form is really a process of learning – a way of search, analysis, synthesis, and aquistion of actionable understanding. As such it is offered here as a crucial element when considering a culture of preparedness and the make up of resilient communities.
The video below was developed for youth soccer coaches based on the OODA process. I think you will find the method of presentation enlightening. You should be able to navigate to all 17 currently available segments. Each lasts 2-3 minutes.