Contingency Diagram

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Identification
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Contingency Diagram is a technique for generating ideas concerning and issue or concern that capitalizes on negative thought. By thinking of all the ways you can cause a problem to get worse or continue unchecked, you provide the basis for later developing an action plan to overcome these barriers.
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This can be used for the basis of developing action plans to overcome ways that will cause problems to get worse or continue
Types of Participants: 
any
Recommended size of group: 
26-50
Optimal amount of time needed: 
6 - 18 min
Howto
Usual or Expected Outcomes: 
list of ways a situation can get worse.
Level of participation: 
high
Type of Facilitator-Client Relationship: 
any
Level of Difficulty to Facilitate: 
Facilitation skills required
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A Contingency Diagram can help you generate ideas from which you can develop specific actions necessary to eliminate a problem or make an improvement. You use it by following these steps:<br>
1. Select a situation (either a goal or problem)<br>
2. Draw a contingency diagram (see example)<br>
3. Brainstorm: <br>
-- What will cause this situation to get worse or continue?<br>
-- Think of things that will prevent your desired state.<br>
4. Enter each action down on the Contingency Diagram<br>
5. List specific actions to prevent these obstacles<br>
6. Use this list to develop and Action Plan<br>
This can be a very powerful idea and solution generating tool. They key is to follow the rules
of brainstorming. Once the group has exhausted its ideas on the topic, discuss and clarify
the list that has been created.<br>

The Contingency Diagram allows you to tap into the power of brainstorming and provides a
convenient framework to organize your ideas. It also allows you to prioritize and generate
further action based on those barriers to your desired state which you have creatively discovered.
<i>See file</i>

How flexible is the process?: 
very
Follow-Up Required: 
Move to solution creations
File attachments: 
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Office presentation icon contingency_diagram.ppt41 KB
Background
Developer: 
S Ellis, USCG
Derived from: 
Power point presentation one process improvement methods.
History of Development: 

unknown

License Model: 
Free (or unattributable)
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