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Coordinating various components of an action plan

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Goal

To enable a group to analyze together how the different parts of their plan relate to one another before moving to a timeline.

Attachments

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Materials

  • Cards. markers, a very large sheet of paper

Instructions

Before

Time needed: 2 hours

Pre-Work Required: Have the group create cards, one for each event in their plan.

Draw on a very large sheet of paper (two or three pieces of flipchart paper taped together or a length of brown paper) the outline of a tree, including roots, a broad trunk, branches, leaves and fruits. Post the empty tree on the wall leaving enough space for the participants to gather around it.


During

Ask the group to mount the steps of their plan onto the tree. If there are more than 5 people, divide them into subgroups.

  • "Roots“  Which items need to be accomplished first before the rest can begin.?
  • "Trunk“  Which items are the project's core activities, and will need to keep on throughout the process?
  • "Branches“  Which are separate lines of work that can operate independently?
  • "Leaves“  Which items make the whole plan attractive and can change as needed?
  • "Fruits“  Which items achieve the goal of the plan, what the rest is aimed to achieve?

As members go along, they may need to create additional cards for project items thus far forgotten.
Reporting:
Have someone describe how the tree lives, starting with its roots and moving out towards its fruits. Group members may add to each other's descriptions.
Close with the question: What are some things that could help nourish this tree?

Background

Source: Maureen Jenkins

Recognizable components: Coordinating various components of a plan

References: Coordinating various components of a plan

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  • This would really help a group see the relationship between their activities, and increase their commitment.

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    about 3 years ago
  • Genius.. will use it.

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    almost 2 years ago