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Get Inside Your Project’s Head

The OODA Loop is a concept used by military strategists and law enforcement to “get inside” an opponent’s decision-making cycle. Here’s how the technique can help to keep your projects in control — or to bring troubled initiatives back on track before it’s too late.


Vicki Wrona

President, Forward Momentum, LLC

Vicki Wrona is the founder and President of Forward Momentum, a PMI Regi…

I recently learned about a tool called the OODA loop. While the tool itself was created based on military fighter pilot observations and is now often used to train law enforcement, it has applications for use in business and personal life as well. Here we will discuss the applications of the OODA loop in business, and more specifically, in managing projects. First of all, OODA stands for:

1. Observe
2. Orient
3. Decide
4. Act

The concept of the OODA loop was first created by US Air Force Col. John Boyd during the Korean War. We all naturally follow this loop. If you are in a confrontation, you want to interrupt, or get inside, somebody else’s loop so that you …



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