7 Examples of Top Down
John Spacey, August 30, 2021
Top-down is an approach to thinking, action, organization and design that begins with the highest level with progression towards the lowest level. The following are common examples that may serve to illustrate this concept in more detail.
ProcessingThe human brain commonly engages in top-down processing. For example, visual processing whereby you first establish that a form is a human and then work to identify details such as identity. This may progress to extremely detailed processing such as reading the emotion in someone's face.
AnalysisBeginning analysis with large scale things and moving towards detail. For example, an investor who begins by looking at which industries are likely to perform well in the coming decades who then works to identify trends in those industries and firms that are likely to outperform.
DesignDesigning high level structures and then progressing to low level details. For example, a vehicle design team that designs the overall form of a vehicle before progressing to details such as motor, battery and interior. This is typically iterative as changes to the top level structure may be required as you get into the details.
Decision MakingConsidering the large factors in a decision before considering details. For example, a family that decides what neighborhoods they most want to live in before shopping for a house.
StrategyForming the large elements of strategy before planning details. For example, an ecommerce company that decides to productize its computing platform as a high level strategy before developing more detailed strategies to execute on this vision.
ManagementTop-down management is a command and control style of management whereby managers are arranged in a hierarchy. A command issued at the top of an organization passes down the chain of command from manager to manager to team. This can be contrasted with bottom up management whereby teams propose their own strategy to superiors up the hierarchy.
CommunicationTop-down communication flows down a hierarchy. For example, executive managers communicate to directors and directors communicate to managers and managers communicate to teams. This is so inefficient and disconnected that it essentially has negative connotations.
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