Michael Seibel+ Your Authors @mwseibel CEO, Partner at Y Combinator #ycombinator [email protected] Jul. 01, 2019 1 min read + Your Authors

Read this book about John Boyd and I recommend it to anyone who is interested in military strategy or the military industrial complex in America from the 60s - 90s.

One commonly known fact about Boyd was that he invented the OODA loop (Observe, Orient, Decide, and Act). If you want to read more about that check out the Wikipedia article  https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/OODA_loop 

Boyd believes that military leaders can use this loop to compress decision making time and gain an advantage over their enemy.

His work has been applied by many to various aspects of the business world.

I’ve previously written about the product development cycle and I’m starting to think about how these concepts relate to one another.

One of my partners at YC Dalton Caldwell @daltonc pointed out last week that the speed of action is one of the most valuable metrics for predicting the success of a company

One thing I think many early stage companies need to work on is what their internal process of decision making will be to facilitate moving quickly.

Many first time founders in their early stages dislike any type of codified process/reporting/meetings etc.

But I advise YC founders to decide on a product decision making process and then iterate it during the early days of their startup.

Your product development cycle should have enough structure so that you/your team can look back and understand what your goals were, what your core assumptions were, whether you accomplished your goals, and what you learned. The easiest way to do this is to write things down.

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