Clarification is the open recognition of two aspects:
- where we are (situation)
- where do we want to go (operation, combination)
These aspects can be clarified and brought into the open through the use of:
- Objective Tree
A Check-List is an organized enumeration of items related to a situation, operation or combination of Modules (fields, factors, features).
A Check-List is mainly an aid for reconnaissance and verification as:
- State List
- Search List
- Task List
It can also be used in order to:
- compare results with requirements (see : Specification)
- trigger off ideas (see : Ideation)
Objective Tree (^)
An Objective Tree is a way of clarifying objectives and sub-objectives arranged in a hierarchical and temporal sequence.
The function of an objective tree is to express:
- type of objectives (specificities)
- weight of objectives (relevancies)
- time sequence of objectives (priorities)
Clarification : summing up (^)
Clarification is concerned with expressing in clear detail actual situations in order to prepare for possible/preferable ones through operations and combinations.
A good clarification avoid the risks of misunderstandings as to the way ahead that might occur as a result of failing to recognize the main aspects of the situation.
Clarification is a necessary preliminary step for Specification.