Articles by Shyam Sundar Dhanabalan
- Prioritising the Scientific Way
Shyam proposes a scientific framework for prioritization consisting of a first principles approach and second order thinking. The first principles approach involves breaking down problems into fundamental components to remove biases. Second order thinking considers the consequences of consequences to uncover hidden impacts and complexities. Shyam outlines four types of complexities - structural, technical, temporal and directional. Complications are distinguished from complexities. A scientific prioritization process involves documenting evidence to improve the methodology over time. Consistency is key to allow positive effects to compound, and documentation helps transfer accountability to the process rather than individuals.