Value Dams and Flows

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Analytic method to reduce the solution space and resolve value tensions among design choices. First, design options that even a small percentage of stakeholders strongly object to are removed from the design space—the value dams. Then of the remaining design options, those that a good percentage of stakeholders find appealing are foregrounded in the design—the value flows. Can be applied to the design of both technology and social structures.

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See: Miller, Friedman, Jancke, & Gill (2007); Czeskis, et al. (2010); and Denning, Borning, Friedman, Gill, Kohno, & Maisel (2010).

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