Boyd’s OODA Loop (It’s Not What You Think)
J. Addams & Partners, Inc.
March 21, 2012
Although the strategic ideas of John Boyd encompass much more than the well known OODA loop, the loop does provide a concise framework for improving competitive power throughout an organization. Much of this power will be lost, however, if people use the most common version. Fortunately, Boyd only drew one sketch of the OODA loop, which bears little resemblance to the popular misconception, and that one is
the key to his entire body of work.
[An earlier version of this paper was published in the Proceedings of the Lean Software & Systems Conference 2011, E. Willeke, ed., Sequim, WA: Blue Hole Press,