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How to do a Modelling Project - Section 4

Stage 1: Preparing

Your first task is to define your modelling project by specifying its:

Overall Outcome

What examples of excellence (impressive results) have you noticed other people achieve in the world that you would like to achieve?

Sensory specific evidence of completion

How will you (and others) know you have got these results?

Scope of project - what is included and what is not

Time scale

Contexts in which you (and others) want the results

Definition of terms

Value to you

What's important to you about being able to consistently reproduce the results specified above?


Who consistently demonstrate the results you want?

What is your evidence that they are exemplars (of excellence)?

How will you get access to such people?

Be careful how you define your criteria for an exemplar. One modeller discovered the organisation that commissioned the work picked their 'top performers' by how much they contributed to the 'top line' (revenue). The modelling revealed that some achieved it at the expense of others – they burned relationships and were not building the collaborate culture the organisation wanted.


What are you presupposing to be true before you start? (And what happens if you don't?)

What metaphors are you using to describe your project?

How do you describe the project to exemplars' with minimal presupposition and metaphor? (Hint: think context and behavioural examples.)

Your second task, is to plan how you are going to gather the relevant information. To help you do that, see: Introducing Modelling to Organisations.  It contains a chart, The Who, Why, How, What, Where and When of Modelling which uses two of Robert Dilts' frameworks to consider a modelling project from a number of perceptual positions and Logical Levels.

See also: Choosing a Modelling Project [added April 2014].

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