analysis process

Each problem leads to trial solutions that lead to new problems.  Karl Popper.

The art of management is determining and taking the least worst choices. George Plossl.

This analysis process technique helps when you need to take very good decisions. It is a proven, practical way to decide what the actual options are and which are best.

It helps avoid wrong decisions that come from confusing Situations, Problems, and Options.

It causes people to hear themselves thinking and this leads them to take better decisions.

It helps see what is possible, workable, practicable, feasible, and viable – that is, what is actually capable of occurring or of being done. Doing so can spell the difference between going under or surviving to win the next round, and even to enjoy the next round.

Steps in Analysis Process Technique

These are the steps. Doing them well depends on the group dynamic and of course on who is in the group. An outsider boundary-spanner person can help the group work together on this way of thinking which may seem new to some participants. 

  1. State the current situations.
  2. State the current problems.
  3. Think hard about which are situations and which are problems. What lies behind? What is the subtext?
  4. Brainstorm your options for solving current problems and taking advantage of current situations.
  5. For each option worth thinking further about, estimate how feasible it is technically, financially, and operationally.
  6. For each feasible option, name advantages likely if implemented.
  7. For each feasible option, name disadvantages likely if implemented.
  8. For each feasible option, estimate our likely situation a year from now if we do it,
  9. For each feasible option, estimate our likely situation three years if we do it,
  10. For each feasible option, estimate how likely doing it might lock us out of in the future.
  11. Review the answers about situation, problems and options and reword as necessary to reflect the better insights gained from analysing them. Look hard at what is actually feasible and what are the real advantages and disadvantages.
  12. Schedule when you could carry out each viable option.
  13. Choose one option and carry it out as well as you can.
  14. Review this process every few months and see if things are improving as hoped and where more benefits can be obtained.
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