The Future Matrix
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The Future Matrix

A practical approach to planning for uncertain futures

About the Book

This book or set of instructions was initially developed as a quick-use tool for my clients who wanted to do some planning for projects and operational situations where there were many unpredictable or unknown outcomes. Scenario planning seemed the obvious choice for these clients but as this required a fair amount of effort, on behalf of the client, to get through, I found that before any decent plans were made the situation was often already over.

The lack of speed led me to shortening and adapting the scenario planning methodologies into 7 phases to very quickly help someone understand a situation and plan for 4 possible outcomes of that situation. I use this shortened method myself on projects when I just want to check what other resources we might need or what possible outcomes there could be that are not in my control but that I need to be prepared for. It is also useful for defining all the indicators that I need to measure as the project unfolds. I hope that you too will be able to learn to use this tool as comfortably and quickly as it was intended.

This is a very short book with actionable steps - there are no theoretical meanderings or ponderings - from the very first step YOU are required to take action within your organisation. It is practical, easy to understand and the outcomes can be profound.

About the Author

Julio Graham
Julio Graham

Julio Graham is a practicing systems thinker - in short a business consultant who views the world as interconnected systems. He has a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Cape Town.

Julio has spent most of his career being a consultant to businesses, either as an employee of Deloitte (in the early years) or as the owner of his own consulting practices. He then moved to the United Kingdom after marrying a yachting journalist. His work has seen him travel throughout the world and he has experience in a vast range of industries.

As far as passion goes, Julio is completely crazy about creating decent systems. He believes that any and all problems can be tackled by creating a smart system to ensure effective and efficient steps to improve everyday work. Smart systems breed smart people.

The ability to understand and create models has helped Julio to distill many complex practices into useable methods that can be adopted and implemented experientially. There is no need to throw away your old ways, simply adopt new ways, evolve your old ways through learning and be better today than you were yesterday.

Table of Contents

  • Forward    3
  • Background    4
  • The Future Matrix    6
  • Identify    7
  • Classify     9
  • Articulate    13
  • Numbers    16
  • Systems    17
  • Engage    18
  • Evaluate    19
  • Your Next Steps    21
  • Appendices    22

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