Review of the whole picture collection

Sometimes a positive objective is the complement of a negative objective, so the two lines of outcomes can be merged into one sequence.

What to read first: Objective-level review of outcome pictures Prove and consolidate the outcome pictures

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This isn’t another review of the objectives. You’ve already done that thoroughly. This article has one really good trick for making your picture collection smaller.

Sometimes a positive objective is the complement of a negative objective, so the two lines of outcomes can be merged into one sequence.

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 picture lines into a single line, representing one objective. You reword the new single objective to cover the full sequence of outcome pictures that were previously in separate lines. You will need to make some edits within the merged cells.

The good news is that this consolidation makes your 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 steps in this guide, but you may want to keep them for history and presentation.


Previous article for Managers

Objective-level review of outcome pictures

Any outcome on the objective must match exactly one cell. Pictures in different cells generate different emotions. Pictures in different cells might lead to taking different paths in strategy, controls, or consultation. No pictures are missing.

New to this: This series assumes you have no prior knowledge. It does not use technical terms without explaining them first.

Parent articles

Prove and consolidate the outcome pictures

Check similar pictures appearing for multiple objectives. Review each picture on its own. Review the pictures in each cell. Review the line of outcome pictures for each objective. Review the collection of outcome pictures as a whole. Sub-objectives can be useful. Small is beautiful. Appearance counts.

New to this: This series assumes you have no prior knowledge. It does not use technical terms without explaining them first.

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