Four parts of the OODA cycle
The first step is to observe the situation in order to build as accurate and complete a picture as possible.
For example, a fighter pilot can broadly and flexibly consider the following factors:
Before Charlie Munger popularized the concept of creating a set of tools from mental models, Boyd advocated a similar approach for pilots to help them better understand the orientation stage within the OODA cycle. He recommended a process of" deductive destruction": pay attention to your own assumptions and distortions, and then find fundamental mental models to replace them.
Similar to using a decision log, deductive destruction ensures that you will always learn from past mistakes and not repeat them. In one of his talks, Boyd used a brilliant metaphor to construct a grid of mental models. He compared it to the device of a snowmobile-a vehicle consisting of elements of several different devices, such as tank tracks, skis, an outboard motor of a boat and a bicycle handlebar.
Individually, each of these items is not enough to move around, but together they create a functional vehicle. As Boyd put it:
Let your plans remain in darkness, impenetrable as the night, so that when you move your forces, they will fall like lightning.
Translation of an article from the blog Farnam Street: The OODA Loop: How Fighter Pilots Make Fast and Accurate Decisions.
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