To improve decisions, complement a capable lawyer with decisional software

MIT Sloan Mg. Rev., Summer 2010 at 73, extols the benefits that accrue when companies match an experienced person with software that helps their decision making. “Evidence-based decision making,” as the article refers to it, can contribute even in unstructured decision contexts. The day will come when in-house counsel routinely draw on checklists, for example, to prompt speedy and comprehensive analysis (See my post of Jan. 26, 2010: checklists with 9 references.). Other forms of decisional software will become more familiar and easier to use.

The combination of the respective abilities of wetware and software: be aware (See my post of Sept. 4, 2005: computers can assist decision-makers; April 7, 2006: analytical software to assist experts; Oct. 21, 2009: collective of departments and shared decision software; Sept. 29, 2006: augmented-cognition software; Feb. 22, 2009: software to depict and quantify decisions; and Feb. 10, 2010: a future of software that helps in-house counsel make decisions on data.).

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