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Planning studies: Empirical investigation of using team sensemaking for early problem formulation

Leggett, Andrew, Turner, Nicola and Pearce, Paul 2017. Planning studies: Empirical investigation of using team sensemaking for early problem formulation. Presented at: 13th International Conference on Naturalistic Decision Making, Bath, UK, 20-23 June 2017. pp. 110-117.

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The UK Ministry of Defence conducts much of UK Government’s analysis and research into complex problems. It does this with many techniques but often uses a branch of applied mathematics called Operational Analysis to address complex and/or complicated problems which have important implications for future operations, force development, acquisition, tactics and doctrine. Various studies on these topics produce evidence to inform decision making; therefore, it is important that these studies are well planned to ensure they provide the most suitable evidence possible. To do this Dstl wanted to assess whether a new planning approach, the Initial Analysis Estimate, improves sensemaking which in-turn improves study quality. This paper reports on the application of TSAM (Team Sensemaking Assessment Method) to empirically assess whether the Initial Analysis Estimate, which drew heavily on Cognitive Edge’s Cynefin sensemaking framework, improves team sensemaking. The study indicates that compared to a control group the instances of team sensemaking were greater using Dstl’s early problem investigation techniques.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Psychology
ISBN: 978-0-86197-194-7
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