The following are the key type of 'object' used in Wovex.

 

Basic Objects

Benefit

These represent good or helpful results or effects of change.

They can be considered 'positive' outcomes, perceived as an advantage by one or more

stakeholders.

(Dis-Benefits are negative outcomes of a change perceived as a disadvantage by one or more stakeholders.)

Achieving a Benefit will contribute to a Goal and Objectives being met.

A Benefit can have many Measures

 

Supporting Outcome (Mapping only)

A term used in Wovex Mapping to differentiate ‘levels’ of benefits visually. IE Supporting Outcomes may be essential enablers of the benefits delivered directly by change Initiatives and measured as early indicators of progress towards Benefits. 

Or they may in some cases be incidental to the key purposes of the programme, but essential for explaining the logic of delivering benefits when mapping.

(In the cloud these are categorised as Benefits)

 

Measure

These represent a standard way of measuring the results or effects of a Benefit.

A value, whose change in the desired direction would help to confirm that the related benefit is being realised. 

Measures can include a target of what is needed, a forecast of what is expected and the performance of what has been achieved.

They are used to set overall targets, forecasts and capture actual performance, and to do this also for specific Initiatives.

In Wovex, Measure values can be entered directly, calculated from freestyle formulas and also using business rules by selecting a Calculation Approach. Text can also be used to describe a changed state, where numbers or scales are not appropriate.

 

(Cloud only)

- Standard Measure: These have the standard definitions and settings on them and are related to Benefits. They are used to create Tracking Measures. 

- Tracking Measure: These are for measuring the results or effects for a specific Initiative. 

For example, a Standard Measure for 'Resilience' at the organisational level can have different targets, forecasts and actual performance for each Initiative.

Using the Standard Measure in relation to a specific Initiative, you can create a Tracking Measure to capture and report on this information at a more granular level e.g. for specific Contracts, Operations, Projects, Work packages and Phases of work. 

Standard measures can be used across programmes or portfolios.  Simple programmes they may be enough….If you will want to …. Then…. Best to do what and set up?? What are the rules about these?

It is recommended to always set up standard measures and then use tracking measures to add tracking data to. This allows for the greatest flexibility of use over time and across programmes and portfolios. 

 

Initiative

These represent what is planned and undertaken that involve costs, people, time and resources.

An Initiative is a collective name to represent other elements such as Projects, Contracts, Operations, Work packages and Phases of work. 

Initiatives can directly or indirectly impact Benefits.

The results or effects of an Initiative can be measured with a Tracking Measure

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Goal

These represent the ultimate purpose that Benefits and Objectives contribute to achieving. They are the highest level of end result expected from Initiatives. 

A Benefit should be associated with a single Goal. 

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Objective

These represent the results or effects to be achieved at a level below a Goal

Objectives break down Goals into more detailed end-results.

Benefits can contribute to one or more Objectives.

 

(Technically Goals and Objectives can be used in different ways for contribution analysis in the cloud as they have one to one or a one to many relationships with Benefits.)

 

A Benefit can be associated with multiple Objectives; which are part of the same Goal.

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Capability

Capabilities enable an Initiative to be broken down in more detailed elements.

They represent capacities or abilities that are generated from effort spent on work activities – new or altered services, functions or operations e.g. a simple procurement process, contract management skillset in place. 

Initiatives exist to deliver one or many Capabilities. Initiatives can be broken down by Capabilities and then into more detailed work elements. 

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Options (Choices for Initiatives)

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  • Options represent choices on the level or quality of Initiative you need. 
  • Options can represent alternatives in relation to your set of Capabilities.

 

For example, if an Initiative was ‘Take a holiday’ you may have four levels of Initiative: ‘Staycation’, ‘Airbnb‘, Book a 3* hotel’, ‘Book a 4* hotel’, or you may have different alternatives for an initiative.  e.g. ‘Classroom-based training’, ‘Online training’ or ‘Hybrid training’. 

 

Example Options for an Initiative: 

Classroom Option 1 = No new Capabilities required (do nothing)

Online Option 2 = Virtual training Capability is required

Hybrid Option 3 = Virtual training and Phones coaching is required

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Options appear as objects attached to Initiatives in Wovex. In Mapping these can be hidden, or if needed shown in the Format tab.

 

Work Objects


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Work elements deliver Capabilities. They enable you to break down a Capability into more detail on a map if required. 

They allow flexibility to plan and manage any activity and deliverables that involve costs, people, time and resources in aid of benefits.

E.G The training Initiative has two tasks listed here.

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Milestones

These represent significant events or stages. There might be Milestones that impact Initiatives and Benefits. For example, when a project or contract starts or is complete. 

 

Context Objects


Risks

Risks can potentially cause issues or the loss of Benefit. 

Consider:

1. Initiative Risks which may impact the delivery of Initiatives that contribute to benefits. These can be identified at an Initiative level.

2. Benefit Risks which may impact the achievement of benefits. 

 

Assumption

A consideration assumed to be true or taken for granted.

These are typically used to understand things that can cause additional Risks if they are not true. Capturing these allows review as information emerges. 

 

Requirement

Something that is wanted or needed for other things to occur.

These are typically used to understand the constraints on changing Initiatives and Benefits, as Requirements can state that certain things must be delivered and in specific ways, for example.

 

Stakeholders (Roles in cloud)

An identified type of person or group who play an important part in the delivery of, or are impacted by, Benefits and Initiatives. 

For example, beneficiaries, types of employees, customers, users, suppliers.

 

Note

Statements, actions and decisions to be recorded. 

 

(Cloud only)

Contact 

Named people who may perform roles, be involved or contacted.

 

Dependency

A relationship when one thing is dependent on one or more other things. For example, an Initiative may be Dependent on other Initiatives.

 

Background Objects


Backing Square

Rectangles/ squares on a map that can be used to highlight other objects and text, for example, as swim-lanes or ways to highlight similar types of object.

These can be coloured and have borders around them, or have images added to them for example logos.

 

Backing Circle

Circles on a map that can be used to highlight other objects and text, for example, to highlight similar types of object. These can have images added to them for use as background pictures.

 

Backing Text

Boxes for headings, narrative and other statements that can be added to a map.