Action Planning Sheet

The Action Planning sheet is a tool for thinking through actions in respect of ensuring they will be effectively implemented. It is particularly useful where … Read more

Honeycomb Diagram

The honeycomb diagram is essentially a tree diagram laid out in a more graphically attractive manner. This can be helpful in gaining a better psychological … Read more

Solution Effect Diagram

The Solution Effect Diagram is a very useful variation of the Ishikawa diagram. It is used for exploring the potential implications to an intended change (sometimes … Read more

Conducting a Pre-Mortem

What is a Pre-Mortem? Courtesy Matt Byrom In conventional project management, when you undertake a risk assessment, people are asked to say what might go … Read more

The £500 bet

This particular exercise is based on the results of a survey undertaken by a consulting organisation of failed and delayed projects. In their interviews of the … Read more

Card Sort

Card sort is a means of drawing out dialogue from an individual or group through asking them to prioritise, rank, order or position a series … Read more

Rich-Picture Visioning

Raise your hand if you believe you understand how passion works! Perhaps not? Passion is strange thing – immensely powerful in its impact, but confusingly … Read more

Why-How Charting

Why-How charting is a means of thoroughly exploring the logic of how an entity works, and why it does what it is endeavouring to do. The … Read more

Tree Diagram

The Tree Diagram is one of the Seven Management and Planning Tools. The Tree Diagram is a tool to explore exactly what needs to be done … Read more

Process Decision Programme Chart

The Process Decision Programme Chart (PDPC) is one of the Seven Management and Planning Tools. The Process Decision Program Chart (PDPC) Is very similar in many … Read more

Interrelationship Digraph

The Interrelationship Digraph is one of the Seven Management and Planning Tools. It is frequently used to further explore the groups that develop out of the affinity … Read more

SCAMPER

SCAMPER is a really useful tool (or more accurately, a checklist) for exploring creative possibilities and opportunities around a solution or situation.

TRIZ

TRIZ, a truly amazing resource for stimulating productive innovation, was developed from researching the entire patents database for the core inventive principles which underpinned innovation. The … Read more

Reversal

The creativity of the human mind is excellent at making progress back toward something it understands and fairly hopeless at making progress away from its … Read more

Reframing Matrix

The Reframing Matrix is a technique for looking at the problem from different perspectives (planning, product, people and potential, rather than the more abstract perspectives … Read more

Problem Restatement

Problem Restatement is a technique for looking at the problem from different perspectives (usually more abstract ones, rather than the stakeholder ones reflected in the … Read more

Affinity Diagram

The Affinity Diagram is one of the Seven Management and Planning Tools and is deceptively simple. It is a means for looking at patterns and … Read more

SWOT Analysis

SWOT analysis is a tool which enables groups or individuals gain a better understanding on the current situation in terms of its strengths, weaknesses, opportunities … Read more

Hopes & Concerns

Hopes & Concerns is a tool which enables groups to outline and share their positive and negative feelings about an event from the outset.

Six Thinking Hats

Six Thinking Hats is a useful tool for taking different perspectives on a situation. It was developed by Edward deBono, and despite its apparent simplicity it … Read more

Kipling List

The Kipling List is taken from a very short poem by Rudyard Kipling: “I had six serving men, they taught me all I knew, there … Read more