Assessing Options

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The Options module offers the choice of tools to develop a vision or likely future, to identify and respond to the positions that stakeholders hold in a certain situation, and to make plans or predictions regarding different options by looking at the upstream conditions or the downstream effects associated with each option.

Blue sky thinking

Ideal Scenario helps you imagine an ideal scenario that recognizes and takes inspiration from past accomplishments and current strengths, using a variety of facilitation techniques including Tapestry, True or False, The Carrousel, The Vision Circle, and The Tree of Means and Ends.

Sabotage helps you to identify and overcome habits, behaviours, established patterns, doubts, fears and other barriers to success.

Projections helps you to visualize what can be expected if current trends continue and stakeholders' actions do not change them.

Knowing what matters

Values, Interests and Positions helps you compare the positions that stakeholders take on a situation or action with their actual interests and the moral values they hold.

Lessons and Values helps you to better manage a problem by becoming aware of what moral values are held and applying the lessons learned from successful actions that are consistent with those values.

Disagreements and Misunderstandings helps you to rank stakeholders' goals in order of importance, and review disagreements or misunderstandings people may have about these goals.

Levels of Support help you determine whether there is enough support from stakeholders to go on with a proposal or course of action, before any final decision or vote it taken.

Predicting the future

Impact and Feasibility helps you to choose between several options using two criteria: the impact associated with each option, and how feasible each option is in light of favorable conditions (strengths, opportunities) and unfavorable conditions (weaknesses, threats).

Action Potential helps you compare strategic actions based on their potential impact and the effort already invested and required for each action.

Results and Risks helps you evaluate different options based on the negative and the positive results expected from each, the value given to specific results, and the probability that these results will occur.

What If? helps you to develop a plan to monitor risk factors and adjust activities accordingly.

Critical Path helps you to plan the shortest route to completion of a project, by distinguishing the tasks that need to be completed in a sequence from those that can be done in parallel to other tasks.

More advanced tools for assessing options problems are included in the module for Understanding Systems. Simpler tools for ranking and rating options on different criteria are included in the module for Fact-Finding and Listening.