By Robert E. Horn (Stanford University and MacroVU, Inc.) and Robert Weber (Strategy Kinetics, LLC)
This is another in a series of "blogicles" on how Mess Mapping™ and Resolution Scenario Mapping processes can be used to represent, analyze, evaluate Wicked Problems and then to choose actions that ameliorate the Wicked Problem at hand.
Resolution Mapping does not entail predictions or forecasts. This process also abandons the idea of a “most likely” future. Instead, Resolution Mapping empowers participants with diverse points of view, knowledge, and experience to explore alternative futures, choose a desired outcome, and prioritize the Events necessary for resolving the Wicked Problem under consideration.
Resolution Mapping also:
- Incorporates knowledge, biases, and beliefs across diverse stakeholder groups;
- Depending on the particular Wicked Problem addressed, may take into account simultaneously international, national, state, local, or organizational issues;
- Incorporates rather than minimizes uncertainty;
- Does not seek simplistic solutions;
- Provides a basis for iterative strategic decision-making;
- Identifies key events and actions;
- Can be used to determine organizational and/or individual responsibilities;
- Can be used to set situational alarms to tell you when you’re wrong; and
- Increases the likelihood of success over the long term by being able to learn and act faster.