Reconstruct the problem tree into a business plan

Reconstruct the problem tree into a business plan

The problem tree allows you to find the best solutions to solve specific problems that you may have in your company. It is a very useful tool to define the causes and the tools that you can use to overcome them. Let’s see how it is possible to reconstruct the problem tree to a company project and, in fact, to any personal project you undertake.

This tool is very practical because it is based on instinct and simplicity. It allows you to solve complex situations as quickly as possible. First, the main problem has to be identified. Once determined, you must assess all the details related to it, not to mention all the parties that are involved. Put everything in writing on a special scheme allows you to share with all the information and to be able to describe all possible side effects that have occurred or which may be come up while you are working on it.

The second step is the identification of the direct causes related to the main problem. They will be shown enclosed in boxes and below the main problem, with connecting lines between the first and the second. The identification of the causes result from asking the question what are the causes of this problem? At this point, putting this question, the cause will begin to branch out and you will be able to see the below causes in an ever more detailed.

A sample of the design of a problem tree

A sample of the design of a problem tree

The top will be dedicated to the effects of the problem. You should in fact imagine the problem tree just like a tree, which roots are the causes and the effects are upper branches. Proceeding according to this logic, you will come to a point that the first upper panels are directly connected to the main problem, followed by the direct effects. In the boxes that follow directly after declining, the effects may be ever more general and indirect.

Once all the causes and effects have been identified, the problem tree of the business plan will be perfectly designed and is ready to be put into action. At this point the problems that affect your company have been explained and sorted into cause-effect relationships that allow you to recognize a hierarchy among the different problems and determine your course of action. The advantage of the tree problems consists in the possibility of changes you can make later on, in case you encounter any other problems.

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