This method looks at the implications of a situation or the consequences of an action.
To explore the implications or consequences of a situation from all perspectives in order to make a better decision.
Setting: A regular meeting setting, flip chart, markers, etc.
Number of participants: 1-10
Types of participants: Any
Time needed: 15 to 60 minutes depending on the complexity of the problem and the number of people.
Pre-Work Required: None
Level of Difficulty to Facilitate (to be deleted during review): Facilitation skills required
Starting with a fact, ask the question 'So what?' i.e. what are the implications of that fact? These can be captured on a white board or flipchart. Keep on asking that question until you have drawn all possible inferences.
Follow-Up Required: Using the understanding of implications to determine further actions.
Usual or Expected Outcomes: a deeper understanding of the issue.
Potential pitfalls: People want to avoid the issue or assume that everyone knows the facts.
Recognizable components: This is a simple but powerful tool. Appreciation is a very simple but powerful technique for extracting the maximum amount of information from a simple fact.