Monday, August 15, 2011

Two Key Principles of C2/GOMA

C2/GOMA is defined as “Principles, models, and methodologies to analyze, design, and integrate goal-oriented management automation systems”. It strives to achieve the highest level of automation as possible--essentially up to the complete replacement of humans with machines. Using its principles people will be able to create systems like SkyNet or the Matrix. Is that good or bad, you ask? Well, let’s leave that philosophical question for discussion later. The question I’m trying to answer in this post is how it does that.

C2/GOMA employs a certain system approach. It considers an organization as an open system consisting of collaborating elements. In order to achieve the highest level of automation it simply:

  1. Automates each active element of the organization/system by delivering all required information, automating all management functions, and eliminating the gaps between them.
  2. Tightly integrates all automated active elements into a system that works to achieve its purpose in the outside world.

The following two key principles make this possible:

1. Continuous Management - This principle enables a comprehensive and gapless automation of a particular element. It uses the OODA Loop model (Observe, Orient, Decide, Act) to break down the entire work of an element into distinct functions which fit each other in a natural continuous flow.

2. Goal-Orientation - This principle then provides a model for the integration of several elements. It states that element collaborations are goal-driven and intended to make contributions into overall organizational goals. The overall goals represent an organization’s purpose and can be broken down into subgoals until they reach an elementary level and can be executed.

A very important aspect is that both principles are highly universal. By incorporating these two models, all of the active elements of an organization can be automated and put together into full management automation. They can be applied to any type of active element: human, decision support system powered by AI, robots, and basic controllers at any organizational level, from a strategic level down to the most basic elementary operations.

Both principles will be discussed in a greater detail in my future posts. Keep watching!

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