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Decision Making Process In Management

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Decision Making Process In Management

The following article is part of the self-preparation for the modern BVOP® Project Management Certification program.

The Business Value-Oriented Project Management (BVOPM) office participates in fast and reliable decisions making. This may prevent slow decision-making from different stakeholders at different stages of project delivery and product development.

  1. Preparation
  2. Training
  3. Professional knowledge
  4. Communication
  5. Product support activities
  6. Product management adjusting

Various individuals, teams, and external organizations may need answers to questions about every aspect of the project. A frequency of response and solutions may eliminate waste and speed up the work of entire teams and organizations.

The BVOPM office major strategies for fast and reliable decision making are:

  • Preparation
  • Training
  • Professional knowledge
  • Communication


The preparation strategy includes initial preparation of different possible decisions to make, which may include consulting at early stages with different teams, individuals or other parties, recall on previous documented decisions, create questions and answers databases, guidebooks, or any other helpful resources.

The preparation strategy may require a significant amount of time, and it is used with caution in order to avoid waste.

Although preparation may be a resourceful strategy, the created information, documentation, and tools may be useful for future use and reference.

If initial preparation is not an appropriate strategy for the organization, all important decisions during the project phases can be documented for future reference, and any future decision making may require less time and resources.


Training is another decision making strategy that requires time and resources. Although it is resourceful, knowledge may be beneficial in future decision-making processes. If the planned projects require a significant amount of time and budget, training may be an acceptable strategy.

Professional knowledge

A common strategy for fast and reliable decision-making may be establishing a Business Value-Oriented Project Management (BVOPM) office with professionals already possessing extensive knowledge and experience in many project, product, and business themes related to the planned activities.


The communication strategy is often used as the easiest one, but it requires the regular involvement of higher management or individuals from different departments.

A mix of different strategies may be an optimized approach for the BVOPM office decision making.

Product support activities

Product support activities may include many research and development practices. Product support is not a quick and easy stage and may require the involvement and knowledge of the BVOPM office and its rapid intervention and decision-making.

Product management adjusting

Adjusting processes, practices, and tools is strongly recommended by the BVOP. Тhe BVOPM and BVOPDM offices may work together in adjusting product management and development practices.

The following issues related to chapter "Participating in decisions" are included in the certification exam. The sequence of questions is presented in the table.
The data is current as of June 11, 2024, 12:59 pm

ID Issue Time Category
0 Training 60 sec PM, PDM
1 Preparation 60 sec PM, PDM
2 Communication 60 sec PM, PDM
3 Product management adjusting 60 sec PM, PDM
4 Product support activities 60 sec PM, PDM
5 Professional knowledge 60 sec PM, PDM

Comments from the BVOP™ community on “Participating in decisions”

Stijn Beenhouwer

No doubt someone has to make decisions on project management. Every day we see slow processes, waste of time and money because of the lack of courage to make management decisions.

The project manager must be a strong figure. If you cannot decide quickly and adequately, you need to know who to address with clear and exact questions and needs.

The rapid processing of the information provided and its delivery to the teams that need support and direction, in my view, is a key factor in the success of the projects.


The Business Value-Oriented Project Management (BVOPM) office aims to make fast and reliable decisions to avoid slow decision-making from various stakeholders during project delivery and product development. The office employs various strategies, including preparation, training, professional knowledge, and communication.

Preparation involves creating resources such as guidebooks and question-answer databases, while training and professional knowledge require time and resources but can be beneficial for future decision-making. The office also emphasizes the importance of communication and product support activities, which may involve research and development practices. Adjusting product management and development practices is also recommended by the BVOP.

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