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My IA Summit 2008 Pre-Con on Backcasting for Information Architects. Includes info on conducting the method and using the ORID facilitation framework to support the backcasting method.

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Backcasting 101

  1. 1. Backcasting 101 Collaborative Strategy Development for Information Architects Matthew Milan Director of Insight and Planning Critical Mass [email_address] ASIS&T IA Summit Pre-Conference April 10, 2008 ASIS&T 1320 Fenwick Lane, Suite 510 Silver Spring, MD 20910, USA Phone (301) 495-0900 Fax (301) 495-0810 [email_address]
  2. 2. Backcasting 101 <ul><li>Objectives </li></ul><ul><li>History </li></ul><ul><li>Method and Madness </li></ul><ul><li>Planning and Facilitation </li></ul><ul><li>Method Walkthrough </li></ul><ul><li>Break </li></ul><ul><li>Backcasting Exercise </li></ul><ul><li>Break </li></ul><ul><li>Exercise Debrief </li></ul><ul><li>Reporting and Informing </li></ul><ul><li>Selling Backcasting </li></ul>Workshop Overview
  3. 3. Backcasting 101 <ul><li>Expose you to the thinking and theory behind the method, and how it came to be used by information architects. </li></ul><ul><li>Show you how to plan, facilitate and conduct a backcasting session. </li></ul><ul><li>Give you walkthrough of the method and then conduct a short backcasting session with you, followed by a debrief </li></ul><ul><li>Give you some ideas on how to think about documenting and leveraging the results of a backcasting session </li></ul><ul><li>Give you some thoughts on how to sell the backcasting method to peers and/or clients </li></ul>Workshop Objectives
  4. 4. Backcasting 101 History
  5. 5. Backcasting 101 <ul><li>Scenario Design as Strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Robinson’s Backcasting </li></ul><ul><li>Backcasting as Information Architecture </li></ul>Backcasting: History
  6. 6. Backcasting 101 <ul><li>Scenario Design as Strategy </li></ul><ul><li>(Scenario Emergence as Strategy) </li></ul>Backcasting: History
  7. 7. Backcasting 101 <ul><ul><li>1950’s </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Proto-backcastng </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>AT&T </li></ul></ul>Backcasting: History
  8. 8. Backcasting 101 <ul><ul><li>1970’s </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Multi-Scenario Planning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shell </li></ul></ul>Backcasting: History
  9. 9. Backcasting 101 <ul><ul><li>1990’s </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Great Whale Project </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hydro-Québec </li></ul></ul>Backcasting: History
  10. 10. Backcasting 101 <ul><li>John Robinson </li></ul><ul><ul><li>University of Waterloo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>University of British Columbia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SDRI </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IRES </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>GBFP </li></ul></ul>Backcasting: History
  11. 11. Backcasting 101 <ul><li>Futures Under Glass </li></ul><ul><li>1990 “Futures Under Glass – A Recipe for People Who Hate to Predict” </li></ul><ul><li>Backwards Looking Analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Explicitly Normative and Design Oriented </li></ul><ul><li>Not “what future was is likely to occur”, But “how desirable futures might be obtained” </li></ul>Backcasting: History
  12. 12. Backcasting 101 <ul><li>Future Subjunctive </li></ul><ul><li>2003 Future Subjunctive: Backcasting as Social Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Subjunctive: “designating a mood, the forms of which are employed to denote an action or a state as conceived (and not as fact) and therefore used to express…a contingent, hypothetical or prospective event” – Oxford English Dictionary </li></ul><ul><li>The desired future is not determined in advance of analysis, but is an emergent property of engaging with users and project partners </li></ul>Backcasting: History
  13. 13. Backcasting 101 <ul><li>IA Institute </li></ul><ul><li>Supported research in 2005 on the development of strategy tools based on environmental planning techniques. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cumulative Effects Assessment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Backcasting </li></ul></ul><ul><li>http://iainstitute.org/documents/research/results/Environmental.Assessment.Tools.pdf </li></ul>Backcasting: History
  14. 14. Backcasting 101 <ul><li>Why Information Architecture? </li></ul><ul><li>“ The structural design of shared information environments” </li></ul><ul><li>Increasingly, IA’s are getting a seat at the strategy table </li></ul><ul><li>The “Incomplete Toolkit” </li></ul>Backcasting: History
  15. 15. Backcasting 101 <ul><li>The Strategic Design of Shared Information Environments… </li></ul><ul><li>Information Architecture as visual organization and modeling </li></ul><ul><li>Information Architecture as a thinking framework </li></ul><ul><li>Information Architecture as structuring information environments through time </li></ul>Backcasting: History
  16. 16. Backcasting 101 <ul><li>The challenges with “Big” Backcasting </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Complex, model based and driven by quantitative analysis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Best suited to skilled practitioners with experience in the method. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus on the “method”, not the “method of the method” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No simple framework for building a conceptual model of the problem space </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Resource intensive and time consuming </li></ul></ul>Backcasting: History
  17. 17. Backcasting 101 <ul><li>Simplifying the Method </li></ul><ul><li>What we’ve done: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Taken a complex quantitative method and made it simple and qualitative </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wrapped into a workshop format that can be done in a day </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tied it to a basic framework for identifying measurement indicators </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Developed a visual thinking framework to capture stakeholder outputs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Baked in an established facilitation framework to drive consensus </li></ul></ul>Backcasting: History
  18. 18. Backcasting 101 Method and Madness
  19. 19. Backcasting 101 <ul><li>Turbulent Environments </li></ul>Backcasting: Method
  20. 20. Backcasting 101 <ul><li>Turbulent Environments </li></ul>Backcasting: Methods and Theory
  21. 21. Backcasting 101 <ul><li>Turbulent Environments </li></ul>Backcasting: Methods and Theory
  22. 22. Backcasting 101 <ul><li>Strategy is Turbulent </li></ul>Backcasting: Methods and Theory
  23. 23. Backcasting 101 <ul><li>Stability :: Complexity :: Chaos </li></ul>Backcasting: Methods and Theory
  24. 24. Backcasting 101 <ul><li>Wicked Problems </li></ul><ul><li>The problem is not understood until after formulation of a solution. </li></ul><ul><li>Stakeholders have radically different world views and different frames for understanding the problem. </li></ul><ul><li>Constraints and resources to solve the problem change over time. </li></ul><ul><li>The problem is never solved </li></ul>Backcasting: Methods and Theory
  25. 25. Backcasting 101 <ul><li>Backcasting is a Navigational Tool </li></ul>Backcasting: Methods and Theory
  26. 26. Backcasting 101 <ul><li>With Backcasting, YOU are the guide </li></ul>Backcasting: Methods and Theory
  27. 27. Backcasting 101 <ul><li>There IS more then one path </li></ul>Backcasting: Methods and Theory
  28. 28. Backcasting 101 <ul><li>Scouting Ahead </li></ul>Backcasting: Methods and Theory
  29. 29. Backcasting 101 Backcasting: Methods and Theory <ul><li>Set the timeframe </li></ul>t now t future
  30. 30. Backcasting 101 Backcasting: Methods and Theory <ul><li>Baseline the current state </li></ul>
  31. 31. Backcasting 101 Backcasting: Methods and Theory <ul><li>Define Possible Future States </li></ul>Future 1 Future 2 Future 3
  32. 32. Backcasting 101 Backcasting: Methods and Theory <ul><li>Work Backwards and </li></ul><ul><li> Identify Actions and </li></ul><ul><li>Indicators </li></ul>Future 1 Future 2 Future 3
  33. 33. Backcasting 101 Backcasting: Methods and Theory <ul><li>Assess Risks and </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunities </li></ul>Future 1 Future 2 Future 3
  34. 34. Backcasting 101 <ul><li>Q: So great, this is (just) a bunch of post-it notes on the wall… </li></ul><ul><li>A: Yes, in the same way that a site architecture is (just) a bunch of boxes and arrows… </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t let the participants focus just on the visual thinking and miss the value of the process. There is value in both, but the map’s role is to bring the process to the forefront, not to serve as the sole output of your workshop. The value is in the shared understanding of the problem space and the possible outcomes. </li></ul>Backcasting: Methods and Theory
  35. 35. Backcasting 101 Planning and Facilitation
  36. 36. Backcasting 101 <ul><li>Planning Overview </li></ul><ul><li>4 Core Components: </li></ul><ul><li>Location </li></ul><ul><li>Materials </li></ul><ul><li>Attendees </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitation </li></ul>Backcasting: Planning and Facilitation
  37. 37. Backcasting 101 <ul><li>Planning – Location </li></ul>Backcasting: Planning and Facilitation
  38. 38. Backcasting 101 <ul><li>Planning – Materials </li></ul><ul><li>You’ll need at a minimum: </li></ul><ul><li>A wall that is 12’ long </li></ul><ul><li>300 8”x6” post-it notes in at least four colors </li></ul><ul><li>200 5”x3” post-it notes in at least four colors </li></ul><ul><li>A full roll of masking tape </li></ul><ul><li>A dozen sharpies </li></ul><ul><li>Nice to have: </li></ul><ul><li>Flipcharts, Whiteboard, Kraft Paper </li></ul>Backcasting: Planning and Facilitation
  39. 39. Backcasting 101 <ul><li>Planning – Stakeholders and Attendees </li></ul><ul><li>No set size or standard makeup for your group, but: </li></ul><ul><li>Small groups may not include the range of inputs you need </li></ul><ul><li>Large groups may be difficult to control </li></ul><ul><li>Be inclusive rather then exclusive, but don’t be exhaustive </li></ul><ul><li>Invite thinkers in addition to owners </li></ul>Backcasting: Planning and Facilitation
  40. 40. Backcasting 101 <ul><li>Planning – Setup </li></ul><ul><li>Arrive early </li></ul><ul><li>Prep the room </li></ul><ul><li>Check the facilitation guides </li></ul><ul><li>No laptops, no devices, no phones </li></ul><ul><li>No participants over the phone </li></ul><ul><li>If possible, plan for a speedy takedown </li></ul><ul><li>Bring a camera; audio is nice but optional </li></ul>Backcasting: Planning and Facilitation
  41. 41. Backcasting 101 <ul><li>Planning – Session Cadence </li></ul><ul><li>Dependent of the following factors: </li></ul><ul><li>Session length </li></ul><ul><li>Number of attendees </li></ul><ul><li>Number of possible end states you are exploring </li></ul><ul><li>Attendee comfort level with structured brainstorming </li></ul><ul><li>Organizational and political alignment of the participants </li></ul>Backcasting: Planning and Facilitation
  42. 42. Backcasting 101 <ul><li>Facilitation – Overview </li></ul><ul><li>The “method of the method” </li></ul><ul><li>Backcasting sessions became more productive as more capable facilitation techniques were applied </li></ul><ul><li>Started with “we’re doing facilitation” and moved to a formal facilitation method. </li></ul><ul><li>The choice of how you facilitate the backcasting session is up to you; consider the needs of the participants. </li></ul>Backcasting: Planning and Facilitation
  43. 43. Backcasting 101 <ul><li>Facilitation – Backcasting as Focused Conversations </li></ul><ul><li>We currently use a formal facilitation method called the “Focused Conversation Method”, developed by an organization called ICA that specializes in facilitation services and training. </li></ul><ul><li>We’ll use this method today to help support the backcasting exercise. We’ll conduct a number of focused conversations throughout the exercise to help the group gain consensus as part of each step. </li></ul>Backcasting: Planning and Facilitation
  44. 44. Backcasting 101 <ul><li>Facilitation – The ORID Framework </li></ul><ul><li>The backbone of the Focused Conversation Method is the ORID framework. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>O - Objective </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>R - Reflective </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>I - Interpretive </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>D - Decisional </li></ul></ul><ul><li>As you conduct a conversation, you ask questions that move the participants through the ORID framework as a group. </li></ul>Backcasting: Planning and Facilitation
  45. 45. Backcasting 101 <ul><li>Facilitation – More on ORID </li></ul><ul><li>There are two primary ways to use ORID to support a group decision-making process </li></ul><ul><li>Use the components of ORID in iterative sequences to advance the group through the consensus building process </li></ul><ul><li>Use the components of ORID to listen to where individuals are stuck in the process and ask them questions that help them to become unstuck </li></ul>Backcasting: Planning and Facilitation
  46. 46. Backcasting 101 <ul><li>Facilitation – Driving a Workshop with Focused Conversation </li></ul><ul><li>Your workshop should have both a rational aim, and an experiential aim </li></ul><ul><li>You open each conversation with context, and close with confirmation of a resolution </li></ul><ul><li>ORID is use to drive a conversational process of ideation, relationship formation and consensus building </li></ul><ul><li>You’ll want to prepare a clear focus question at the start of the exercise and structure it so that the resolution of the question at the end of the exercise supports the rational and experiential aims of your exercise. </li></ul>Backcasting: Planning and Facilitation
  47. 47. <ul><li>Facilitation – The Structure of a Focused Conversation </li></ul>Backcasting 101 <ul><li>Closing </li></ul><ul><li>Comments </li></ul><ul><li>Reflections </li></ul>Backcasting: Planning and Facilitation <ul><li>Opening </li></ul><ul><li>Topic </li></ul><ul><li>Parameters of Conversation </li></ul><ul><li>Participation Guidelines </li></ul><ul><li>Time </li></ul><ul><li>Concrete beginning point </li></ul><ul><li>Objective </li></ul><ul><li>Getting the facts </li></ul><ul><li>Focusing attention on objective information and facts about the topic </li></ul><ul><li>Asking for information and sensory impressions </li></ul><ul><li>Reflective </li></ul><ul><li>Personal reactions, associations, emotions, images </li></ul><ul><li>Questions bring out people’s immediate reactions and internal associations with the facts </li></ul>Rational Aim What the group will KNOW, learn or decide by the end of the conversation Experiential Aim How the group will be different at the end of the conversation <ul><li>Interpretive </li></ul><ul><li>Meaning, values, significance, purpose, implications. </li></ul><ul><li>Questions highlight layers of purpose and meaning </li></ul><ul><li>What is the significance people attach to the subject. </li></ul><ul><li>Decisional </li></ul><ul><li>Resolution </li></ul><ul><li>Questions allow people to name, and/or identify their relationship & responses to the situation or topic </li></ul><ul><li>Brings the group to resolution </li></ul>
  48. 48. Backcasting 101 <ul><li>Facilitation – Objective </li></ul><ul><li>Focus of the questions: Data, the facts about the topic and external realities </li></ul><ul><li>The goal is to have the group deal with the same body of data </li></ul><ul><li>Questions should be in relation to the senses; tangible </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid asking closed questions or unspecific questions </li></ul>Backcasting: Planning and Facilitation
  49. 49. Backcasting 101 <ul><li>Facilitation – Reflective </li></ul><ul><li>Focus of the questions: internal and/or personal relationships to the data </li></ul><ul><li>The goal is to reveal initial reactions to the information and validate the knowledge and experience of the participants </li></ul><ul><li>Questions should be in relation to moods, emotional tones, memories or associations </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid turning the discussion into a survey of likes/dislikes </li></ul>Backcasting: Planning and Facilitation
  50. 50. Backcasting 101 <ul><li>Facilitation – Interpretive </li></ul><ul><li>Focus of the questions: the meaning of the topic </li></ul><ul><li>The goal is to draw out significance from the objective and reflective data/inputs </li></ul><ul><li>Questions should be in relation to layers of meaning, purpose, significance and implications; consideration of alternatives and options </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid inserting “pre-cooked” meaning, intellectualizing or abstracting </li></ul>Backcasting: Planning and Facilitation
  51. 51. Backcasting 101 <ul><li>Facilitation – Decisional </li></ul><ul><li>Focus of the questions: direct accomplishment of the rational aim along with resolution and new directions </li></ul><ul><li>The goal is to make the conversation relevant for the future and complete the current conversation </li></ul><ul><li>Questions are in relation to consensus, implementation and action </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid forcing a decision if the group is not ready or alternately, not pushing the group when a decision is needed. </li></ul>Backcasting: Planning and Facilitation
  52. 52. Backcasting 101 <ul><li>Focused Conversations for Backcasting # 1 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Time frame </li></ul></ul><ul><li>O – What time frame is relevant to explore? </li></ul><ul><li>R – What aspects of this time frame are you comfortable with? </li></ul><ul><li>R – What aspects of this timeframe are you not comfortable with? </li></ul><ul><li>I – Why is this time frame important to explore </li></ul><ul><li>I – What are the implications of exploring this time frame? </li></ul><ul><li>D – What are we collectively suggesting should be the time frame? </li></ul><ul><li>D – What is our consensus on the time frame to use for this exercise? </li></ul>Backcasting: Planning and Facilitation
  53. 53. Backcasting 101 <ul><li>Focused Conversations for Backcasting # 2 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Current State </li></ul></ul><ul><li>O – What elements are central to describing the current state? </li></ul><ul><li>0 – Who are the key players in the current state? </li></ul><ul><li>O – What is most striking about the current state? </li></ul><ul><li>R – What do you think is positive about the current state? </li></ul><ul><li>R – What do you think is negative about the current state? </li></ul><ul><li>I – What is significant about the current state? </li></ul><ul><li>I – What insights do we have about the current state? </li></ul><ul><li>D – Can we agree on a definition of the current state? </li></ul>Backcasting: Planning and Facilitation
  54. 54. Backcasting 101 <ul><li>Focused Conversations for Backcasting # 3 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Future States </li></ul></ul><ul><li>O – What elements are central to describing desired future states? </li></ul><ul><li>0 – Who are the key players in the future state? </li></ul><ul><li>O – What is most intriguing about these future states? </li></ul><ul><li>R – What do you think is concerning about these future states? </li></ul><ul><li>I – What is significant about these future states? </li></ul><ul><li>I – What insights do we have about the future state? </li></ul><ul><li>D – Can we agree on our definitions of the future state? </li></ul>Backcasting: Planning and Facilitation
  55. 55. Backcasting 101 <ul><li>Focused Conversations for Backcasting # 4 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Actions and Indicators </li></ul></ul><ul><li>O – What would be required to “get from there to here”? </li></ul><ul><li>0 – What indicators would you use to measure these actions? </li></ul><ul><li>O – What is the relationship between an action and indicator? </li></ul><ul><li>R – Why are these the actions that make sense? </li></ul><ul><li>R – What do you think is these indicators should tell us? </li></ul><ul><li>I – Do these actions push us in one direction or another? </li></ul><ul><li>I – Do these indicators have the ability to show directionality? </li></ul><ul><li>D – Can we agree on these actions, these indicators? </li></ul>Backcasting: Planning and Facilitation
  56. 56. Backcasting 101 <ul><li>Focused Conversations for Backcasting # 5 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Risks and Opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>O – What specific opportunities do you see? </li></ul><ul><li>0 – What specific risks do you see? </li></ul><ul><li>O – What are the relationships between opportunities and risks? </li></ul><ul><li>R – Why are these opportunities compelling or interesting? </li></ul><ul><li>R – What is concerning or threatening about these risks? </li></ul><ul><li>I – Do we feel we need additional actions and indicators? </li></ul><ul><li>I – Is there overarching significance in the opportunities/risks ? </li></ul><ul><li>D – Can we agree that these opportunities and risks are work exploring further? </li></ul>Backcasting: Planning and Facilitation
  57. 57. Backcasting 101 Case Study
  58. 58. Backcasting 101 Method Walkthrough
  59. 59. Backcasting 101 <ul><li>Step 1: Determine the Timeline </li></ul><ul><li>Step 2: Describe the Current State </li></ul><ul><li>Step 3: Draw out the Future States </li></ul><ul><li>Step 4: Determine Actions and Indicators </li></ul><ul><li>Step 5: Assess Risks and Opportunities </li></ul>Backcasting: Method Walkthrough
  60. 60. Backcasting 101 Backcasting: Method Walkthrough
  61. 61. Backcasting 101 Backcasting Exercise
  62. 62. Backcasting 101 <ul><li>The Problem: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What is the future value of information architecture? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Aims of the Exercise: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rational Aim – to ensure that participants have a shared view of what the future value of information architecture ought to be. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Experiential Aim – to ensure that all participants are exposed to the backcasting method and are intrigued by its possibilities for their work. </li></ul></ul>Backcasting: Exercise
  63. 63. Backcasting 101 <ul><li>Set Time Frame </li></ul><ul><li>O – What time frame is relevant to explore? </li></ul><ul><li>R – What aspects of this time frame are you comfortable with? </li></ul><ul><li>R – What aspects of this timeframe are you not comfortable with? </li></ul><ul><li>I – Why is this time frame important to explore </li></ul><ul><li>I – What are the implications of exploring this time frame? </li></ul><ul><li>D – What are we collectively suggesting should be the time frame? </li></ul><ul><li>D – What is our consensus on the time frame to use for this exercise? </li></ul>Backcasting: Exercise
  64. 64. Backcasting 101 <ul><li>Define Current State </li></ul><ul><li>O – What elements are central to describing the current state? </li></ul><ul><li>0 – Who are the key players in the current state? </li></ul><ul><li>O – What is most striking about the current state? </li></ul><ul><li>R – What do you think is positive about the current state? </li></ul><ul><li>R – What do you think is negative about the current state? </li></ul><ul><li>I – What is significant about the current state? </li></ul><ul><li>I – What insights do we have about the current state? </li></ul><ul><li>D – Can we agree on a definition of the current state? </li></ul>Backcasting: Exercise
  65. 65. Backcasting 101 <ul><li>Define Possible Future States </li></ul><ul><li>O – What elements are central to describing desired future states? </li></ul><ul><li>0 – Who are the key players in the future state? </li></ul><ul><li>O – What is most intriguing about these future states? </li></ul><ul><li>R – What do you think is concerning about these future states? </li></ul><ul><li>I – What is significant about these future states? </li></ul><ul><li>I – What insights do we have about the future state? </li></ul><ul><li>D – Can we agree on our definitions of the future state? </li></ul>Backcasting: Exercise
  66. 66. Backcasting 101 <ul><li>Work Backwards; Define Actions and Indicators </li></ul><ul><li>O – What would be required to “get from there to here”? </li></ul><ul><li>0 – What indicators would you use to measure these actions? </li></ul><ul><li>O – What is the relationship between an action and indicator? </li></ul><ul><li>R – Why are these the actions that make sense? </li></ul><ul><li>R – What do you think is these indicators should tell us? </li></ul><ul><li>I – Do these actions push us in one direction or another? </li></ul><ul><li>I – Do these indicators have the ability to show directionality? </li></ul><ul><li>D – Can we agree on these actions, these indicators? </li></ul>Backcasting: Exercise
  67. 67. Backcasting 101 <ul><li>Assess Opportunities and Risks </li></ul><ul><li>O – What specific opportunities do you see? </li></ul><ul><li>0 – What specific risks do you see? </li></ul><ul><li>O – What are the relationships between opportunities and risks? </li></ul><ul><li>R – Why are these opportunities compelling or interesting? </li></ul><ul><li>R – What is concerning or threatening about these risks? </li></ul><ul><li>I – Do we feel we need additional actions and indicators? </li></ul><ul><li>I – Is there overarching significance in the opportunities/risks ? </li></ul><ul><li>D – Can we agree that these opportunities and risks are work exploring further? </li></ul>Backcasting: Exercise
  68. 68. Backcasting 101 Exercise Debrief
  69. 69. Backcasting 101 <ul><li>To Start: </li></ul><ul><li>What Worked? </li></ul><ul><li>What Didn’t? </li></ul><ul><li>What Could We Do Differently Next Time? </li></ul><ul><li>What Surprised You? </li></ul><ul><li>What Gaps Do You Still Have With Your Understanding of the Method? </li></ul>Backcasting: Exercise Debrief
  70. 70. Backcasting 101 Reporting and Informing
  71. 71. Backcasting 101 <ul><li>Goals of Reporting </li></ul><ul><li>Communicating back results of the workshop to the participants: “Here’s what we thought” </li></ul><ul><li>Communicating the results of the workshop to stakeholders who did not attend: “Here is what the group agreed on” </li></ul><ul><li>Moving the organizational perspective and focus from decisions to solutions: “Here is what you see as the road ahead, and here is how we can help you more forward” </li></ul><ul><li>Supporting strategic goal setting by documenting end states and the efforts required to achieve them </li></ul><ul><li>Cementing your role as a partner in further strategy and solution work </li></ul>Backcasting: Reporting and Informing
  72. 72. Backcasting 101 <ul><li>Types of Outputs: </li></ul><ul><li>Reports </li></ul><ul><li>Maps </li></ul><ul><li>Stories </li></ul>Backcasting: Reporting and Informing
  73. 73. Backcasting 101 <ul><li>Using Outputs for Project Planning </li></ul><ul><li>Break the opportunities and indicators out of the mix and focus on two perspectives: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ What can we start to work on immediately and what is a downstream initiative?” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ How are we going to measure these activities so that we not only measure success/failure, but also the impact of the activates to the overall strategy map </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Bubble 30, 60 and 90 Day “quick wins to the surface” and move forward with those, having a clear understanding of how they feed into downstream initiatives. </li></ul>Backcasting: Reporting and Informing
  74. 74. Backcasting 101 <ul><li>Regular Revisits Help! </li></ul><ul><li>This should not be the last time you talk about the exercise </li></ul><ul><li>Arrange regular regroups with the stakeholders to review progress. </li></ul><ul><li>Address current state progress in Quarterly Business Reviews, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Integrate the backcasting findings into strategic planning work; start planning your next workshop. </li></ul>Backcasting: Reporting and Informing
  75. 75. Backcasting 101 Selling Backcasting
  76. 76. Backcasting 101 <ul><li>Selling Backcasting – Why and How </li></ul><ul><li>Your long-term value and revenue pipeline often is created without your initial involvement </li></ul><ul><li>Clients and/or internal groups may not be ready to involve you in strategic decision-making, but are more open to involvement in planning support </li></ul><ul><li>Most strategic planning happens around poorly formed “brainstorming”/ideation workshops. These are prime opportunities to sell in backcasting. </li></ul><ul><li>Sell based on immediate tangible value; 90 day plans and actionable outcomes are more appealing then a discussion about the method itself. </li></ul>Backcasting: Selling
  77. 77. Backcasting 101 <ul><li>Selling Backcasting – Showing Value </li></ul><ul><li>Most groups will have significant frustration with past planning processes, not due to the method but the lack of activity afterwards. </li></ul><ul><li>Talk to the actionable and measureable outcomes of a backcasting session, as well as the development of the strategic landscape. </li></ul><ul><li>Teams love workshops, but rarely enjoy planning them. Be the guide, not the guru in order to support the team </li></ul>Backcasting: Selling
  78. 78. Backcasting 101 <ul><li>Selling Backcasting: Organizational Considerations </li></ul><ul><li>Before proposing the use of backcasting, understand the landscape in which it will be placed </li></ul><ul><li>A good workshop opens up opportunities and avoids alignment with specific agendas </li></ul><ul><li>Backcasting listens, and does not prescribe; set expectations around its value. It is not a silver bullet. </li></ul><ul><li>If it seems like you’re trying to hard to fit it in, you probably are. Wait for the right opportunity, don’t leap for the first one. </li></ul>Backcasting: Selling
  79. 79. Backcasting 101 Wrap-up
  80. 80. Backcasting 101 <ul><li>A tool not for prediction, but knowing. </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible, fast and inclusive </li></ul><ul><li>Actionable, but only if you decide to make it so </li></ul><ul><li>Builds shared perspective through social learning </li></ul><ul><li>Allows you to demonstrate leadership through support as well as ideas </li></ul>Backcasting: Wrap-up
  81. 81. Backcasting 101 <ul><li>The Workshop Objectives Revisited: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Expose you to the thinking and theory behind the method, and how it came to be used by information architects. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Show you how to plan, facilitate and conduct a backcasting session. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Give you walkthrough of the method and then conduct a short backcasting session with you, followed by a debrief </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Give you some ideas on how to think about documenting and leveraging the results of a backcasting session </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Give you some thoughts on how to sell the backcasting method to peers and/or clients </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Do you understand the basics of the method and feel comfortable in starting to explore its use in your work? </li></ul><ul><li>Did you enjoy the session and get to participate in a way that was meaningful and enjoyable to you? </li></ul>Backcasting: Wrap-up
  82. 82. Thanks [email_address] [email_address]

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