Agreements between organizations impose expectations, constraints, and boundaries. These factors result in complex dependencies and fuzzy boundaries, difficulties that mean many aspects of agreements are often left implicit. The Influence Mapping Analysis (IMA) technique exposes the real nature and the actual implications of existing agreements.
IMA helps program managers, portfolio managers, and government policy makers make expectations, constraints, and boundaries explicit in order to recommend needed changes (e.g., alternative incentive policies). Through IMA, they gain
Using IMA produces influence maps for
This technique has been used to diagnose root causes of mismatches in schedules, deliverables, and expectations in system-of-system contexts.
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