Framework for Addressing Where in Messes and Problems

Addressing the where perspective in our messes and problems requires that we complete the following steps for an identified problem:

  • 1. Create an articulation of our boundary, drawing from Ulrich’s boundary issues
  • 2. Articulate relevant contextual elements, namely its circumstances, factors, conditions, values, and patterns
  • 3. Generate a force field diagram using boundary and context elements
  • 4. Revisit our FCM and adjust accordingly based on boundary and context concerns[1]
  • 5. Capture proposed what ought-to-be changes for later analysis.[2]

The following section demonstrates each step on our real estate problem.

  • [1] Considering boundary conditions, are any connections or concepts missing or do they requireremoval (i.e., are they outside the boundary of our decision context)? Do any require modification(i.e., should their weight be adjusted?).
  • [2] These serve as potential targets for mechanisms or for potential courses of action in the Act stage.
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