Satisfaction (SAT)

I must be satisfied with a decision concerning my child (i.e., an R&D pursuit) or I can undermine the decision through a thousand subtle means...

Design Principles:

  • Ensure the satisfaction of all parties in that they had the time and resources to give it their best shot, and that they were operating on a level playing field
  • Build interim checkpoints into the evaluation of a pursuit. Satisfaction comes from having early warning signals+ to show the need to redouble efforts.
  • Allow individuals to select dates for key decisions, but under competitive pressures from other time-sensitive pursuits. You pick the date when you think your child will be ready for the exam, but be aware there are limited timeslots and many competing requests to take the exam.


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