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The issue I have with it is firstly, what is evidence? Depending on your epistemology, the answer could be worlds apart. Secondly, in the sciences, for example, it is pretty clear what evidence is; it is based on objectivism. Similarly, with other professions, they have a "code" or rules to follow. But management has no set code or rules; it is subjective. So, whenever you mix the words "evidence" with anything "subjective", issues arise. Now, don't get me wrong, I am from the constructivist and subjective school, meaning I do believe knowledge is created and evidence is presented in such ways. However, I also believe that in many respects, "evidence-based management" is an oxymoron.
Without reading the 11 Pages Guide, I would be under the same impression as yours but I beg to differ. Go through the guide when you have time and let me know your thoughts.
After reading the 11 page guide on scrum.org, and more information from the Center for Evidence Based Management, it looks like systems engineering in a nutshell.
Since that is my educational and professional background, I wholeheartedly support the concept and believe others should as well.
I'd say this should apply to everything we do - as much as possible, make decisions based on empiricism rather than emotions.
In my experience it applies very broadly. At the root of developing any system, whether that be a software program, some mechanical thing, or a business organization, one of the very first steps is defining what key variables equate to value. Then you determine how to control/manage the variables to maximize value.
I have my own step-by step process that I've created over they years for applying it in different environments, and it relates back to what George Freeman describes as Architectural Awareness.
Interesting your question
Thanks for sharing
It is a management approach applied in software development and other business sectors.
I believe it is still a recent approach that does not allow me to have an opinion formed
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