The Outcome Identification Loop asks four questions around a given outcome which can be very valuable in understanding a proposed design, event, or risk.
The four questions are:
|1||Who else might this affect?||Stakeholder Question|
|2||What else might affect them?||Stakeholder Impact Question|
|3||What else might affect this?||System/analysis Design Question|
|4||What else might this affect?||Consequence Question?|
Through answering these questions, outcomes and relationships to further define a central question, and can be used to shape problem-solving, risk mitigation, and process improvement.
Questions 1 “Who else might this affect?’ and 2 “What else might affect them?’ are paired questions from stakeholder identification and analysis techniques.
Question 3 “What else might affect this?” relates to system analysis and design and can be fed by, and lead to, the chains of outcomes elicited using analysis methods, such as process modelling and root cause analysis.
Question 4 “What else might this affect?” considers uncertainty and risk.
These four questions can be iterative. Use them near the beginning to define the problem and then at the end to tie together the entire work.