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Merging complementary objectives

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This isn’t another review of the objectives. You’ve already done that thoroughly.

Merging complementary objectives

You may have noticed that some Danger-based objectives are more or less the opposite of Benefit or Cost objectives. For example, ‘protecting customer privacy’ might be a legitimate Benefit, while ‘mass breach of customer privacy’ is a legitimate Danger. They can be treated as two outcomes on the same objective.

The Benefit objective cells will have been populated at the positive end, and the Danger objective cells will have been populated at the negative end. (Your case may be less tidy than that.)

Now is a good time to combine the two complementary objectives rows into a single objective. You reword the new single objective to cover the full continuum of outcomes pictures that were previously captured separately for each of the objectives. You will need to make some edits within the merged cells.

The good news is that it makes your overall outcome picture collection smaller. If you are using a single matrix format covering all objectives, you may lose any links you had with the four headings for objectives (Benefits, Costs, Dangers, Capabilities). You won’t actually need those headings to complete the process recommended in this series, but you may want to keep them for history and presentation.

Previous article: Objective-level review of outcome pictures

Parent article: Risk in work unit business planning: Prove and consolidate the outcome pictures

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