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Mixed Scanning (Aim-Ready-Fire)
One of the three primary models of decision-making within organizations.

The decision maker tries to find a compromise between rational comprehensiveness and disjointed incrementalism. Recognizing that within the world of infinite alternatives and chains of unintended consequences, only a narrow range of alternatives and consequences can be examined seriously. Mixed scanning is a realistic approach but generally results in “satisficing” rather than “optimizing”.  “Satisfactory” may feel inadequate when compared to “optimal” but it is good to consider the following quotation: “A good plan executed today is better than a perfect plan to be developed tomorrow”.


Definitions
The term has two meanings:
  1. Any method that employs a combination of assessment methodologies based upon a means-and-needs analysis.
  2. A method of decision making whereby the owners try to simultaneously balance the short term and long-term following needs of their building.
Mixed scanning is shifting focus at different levels:

Evaluation
Mixed scanning is a technique that is intended to avoid the following common pitfalls:


Subjectivity and bias always play a role when people are involved in decision-making
Fig. Subjectivity and bias always play a role when people are involved in decision-making.



The relationship between the long-range strategic plan and the shorter range tactical plan
Fig. The relationship between the long-range strategic plan and the shorter range tactical plan.


From a tactical plan (expressed in years) to an action plan (expressed in months)
Fig.  From a tactical plan (expressed in years) to an action plan (expressed in months).

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