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Behaviour over time

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Identify the potential worrying trends. What indicators/metrics can be used to track those trends? What should we keep an eye on?

What are the most relevant variables to track? Find key variables by looking at the issues of the problem situation.

Indicators can be based on negative or positive variables.

Indicators may be Quantitative (can be presented with a number or it can be Qualitative (cannot that easily be presented as a number).


If your challenge is about the obesity epidemic you would probably have overweight and obesity levels as percentage of the population as indicators.

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  • Don't add indirect / causal indicators here. Causal variables will be added in later stages.
  • Don't get stuck with a fixed set of indicators. As you learn more about the problem you might find better indicators to track.

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The indicators are the most important variables in your challenge in the start phase. The indicators will help us to know what to measure and track.

Tracking these indicators over time is important in order to know if the problem situation is getting worse or better.

The indicators are evolved and expressed as more actionable Metrics further into the process.

Qualitative and quantitative data on these indicators will then be used to assess the system performance and to detect anomalies and/or undesired trends.

Choosing the right indicators relies upon a good understanding of what is important for the people involved in the problem situation as well as to the greater society. That means that you should keep an eye open for better indicators.

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What are the measurable indicators of the problem and how have they changed over time?


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  • What is reoccuring?
  • What small events keep happening?
  • Where is it happening? Are some areas/demographics more or less affected?
  • What continues to happen (that should not happen)?
  • What seems to be going up and down at regular intervals?
  • What seem to be happening more often or less often?
  • What behavior or characteristics are getting more dominant or visible over time?
  • If you have access to larger datasets you may use statistical analysis tools like SAS to find patterns.

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The patterns sub section is used to record patterns in system behaviour.

In order to find causes the problem later on, it is useful to know the patterns within the problem situation.

This sub step helps us to get an overview of what is happening so we can begin to identify patterns of behavior which is imporant to understand the dynamics of the problem. Events give birth to trends.

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What are some patterns in the behavior of the problem?

While the number of people living in extreme poverty is growing along with population growth, the percentage of the global population is on the decline.

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Add a note about an observable pattern.

  • Consider learning about System archetypes and using that to see if you can identify patterns.

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How stable is the problem situation?

What is the changing magnitude of the problem? Is it variable? Are there turbulence at specific times? Are there wawes of change or alternations in how big the problem is?

  • Is the situation predictable?
  • Can it be characterized as chaotic?
  • Is it spiraling out of control?

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This sub section is used to give a textual summary of the behavior that is seen in the graphs.

Runaway change can have devestating effects and will usually impede an effective response. It is therefore important to know how drastically the situation is unfolding.

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How would we characterize the stability of the situation?

All trends points to a future where all countries escape the grip of extreme poverty. Extreme poverty is gradually dropping and has been dropping since....

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Add a description of the stability of the problem.

  • Is the situation getting out of control?
  • Can it be characterized as chaotic or unpredictable?

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