“The Decision Book” by Mikael Krogerus and Roman Tschäppeler: Nonfiction Book Review

“The Decision Book” by Mikael Krogerus and Roman Tschäppeler is a book of what they describe as “fifty models for strategic thinking.”  I came across it, as one does, at an airport, and picked it up for some light reading before a flight.  While it does in fact deliver on its tag line, I have some difficulties with the book.

After reading through the book, and thinking about it more critically, I found myself at something of a loss.  The book isn’t long enough for me to consider it a standalone resource on the decision strategies described, but at the same time, for someone who is already looking into ways to improve their decision making tactics or group dynamics in some setting, it could be a useful jumping off point for further planning or reading.

While I understand that the book is intended as a pocket reference, it’s difficult to assess the true audience.  By and large, the descriptions of the different strategies in the book reflect what the authors previously wrote on their blog by a similar name, and even though more information is included in the book, I would have liked to have seen more information or further analysis and explanation of the strategies.  Some sections, like the “Double Loop Learning” one, are of a reasonable depth for a pocket guide, while others like “The Supermemo Model” really only includes two sentences that explain what actions need to use the model are, and one of them was the legend next to a sketch.

The authors describe the book as a workbook in the forward section of the book, and in a sense, they were right.  It takes more than a bit of work to determine what you, as the reader are supposed to do with them.  If you’re a team leader in some capacity, an educator, or some other type of professional where decision making is a substantial part of your work, “The Decision Book” could be a nice book to have on your shelf for reference on occasion.  Otherwise, I would say that it’s a book that should be bought with a purpose for its use, rather than a purchase for the heck of it.  Personally, I’m going to try to use it as jumping off points for some short stories or other fiction writing in order to put it to use.

For more information on the authors, their website is here.

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