The Adaptive Organization: How Boyd's Decision Cycle and Pattern-Based Strategy Drive Rapid Change



Not a Gartner Client?

Want more research like this?
Learn the benefits of becoming a Gartner client.

contact us online


Organizations that adapt to change before their peers always win. For them, decision making is fast and implicit. Pattern recognition and pattern matching is collaborative and creative. To become an adaptive organization, learn how Boyd's feedback loop complements Gartner's Pattern-Based Strategy.

Table of Contents

  • Analysis
    • Introduction
    • The Adaptive Organization
    • John Boyd — Fast Decisions, Actions and Transitions
    • How Boyd's OODA Loop Complements Gartner's Pattern-Based Strategy
      • Observe
      • Orient
      • Decide
      • Act
    • Leadership's Role
    • Conclusion
  • Recommended Reading
© 2010 Gartner, Inc. and/or its Affiliates. All Rights Reserved. Reproduction and distribution of this publication in any form without prior written permission is forbidden. The information contained herein has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable. Gartner disclaims all warranties as to the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of such information. Although Gartners research may discuss legal issues related to the information technology business, Gartner does not provide legal advice or services and its research should not be construed or used as such. Gartner shall have no liability for errors, omissions or inadequacies in the information contained herein or for interpretations thereof. The opinions expressed herein are subject to change without notice.

Free Research

Discover what 12,000 CIOs and Senior IT leaders already know.

Free Access





Why Gartner

Gartner delivers the technology-related insight you need to make the right decisions, every day.

Find out more