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An Exercise in Values Identification

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Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisitions Integration Washington United States

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There is a point to all these questions. It turns out, the decisions you make in this scenario can provide insight into your values and priorities, which in turn, can be applied to acquisitions and program management. Some peoples top priority is to replace the capability without delay. For them, it would be vitally important to get a new TV right away. Others may figure they dont need a new TV right away and are content to take their time in order to satisfy some other value. Some people want to make sure they spend as little money as possible, while others get excited at the prospect of spending a couple of thousand dollars. For some, the new set must be a big, shiny piece of high-definition wonder-tech. Others are content with more modest capabilities. Before we examine what these decisions say about our priorities and values and why that matters, let me tell you what I did when I was in this situation.

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