Mapping the logic of an argument helps you simplify complicated logic links and dependencies and spot unexpected gaps. It is useful at any stage of a project.

Use this to...

  • Identify faulty logic.
  • Spot logic leaps, gaps, or missing links.
  • Root out incorrect dependencies.
  • Safely challenge emotional arguments.

Try this...

And finally! Logic Mapping works at any time during a sprint, but try it right before making a final decision – it can help you spot links between your evidence, assumptions and conclusions.

Watch out for...

Assume nothing! Your argument is only as strong as your assumptions, so why not do a Key Assumptions Check first and really put your logic through its paces?

Steps...

  1. As a group listen to the different perspectives and study the data that supports them. Leverage the diversity of the group.
  2. Write down the main points of logic that underpin your argument against the discovery theme. Each one should include:
    - A key argument
    - A deduction
    - A conclusion
  3. Group together similar themes and noticing any linking arguments or dependencies. Challenge each other during this process.
  4. Give each cluster a name. Are there are any imposters that shouldn’t be there?
  5. Draw two diagrams: one with the key points of the argument and the other for critical logic and issues. Iterate though as a group. This should be a slow methodical process.
  6. If your logic is flawed, discuss what must be done to correct it. What extra data do you need to fill gaps?

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