Behavior Over Time graph
"BOT graph" for short.
- What does success look like for you?
- Pick a quantitative indicator. This will be your Y-axis. Time is your X-axis, with this year in the middle.
- Draw a horizontal line indicating your North Star.
- Chart the historical progress of your indicator.
- Now extrapolate best case scenario if you keep doing what you’ve been doing.
This exercise accomplishes several things:
- It forces us to get more concrete about what success looks like and what are the indicators of success
- Getting concrete leads to shared understanding. A different person with the same high-level desire might have a completely different North Star, extrapolated graph, or indicator. That enables us to get real about how aligned we actually are, which can lead to actual alignment.
- It forces us to get real about our collective strategies and efforts and to ask, “What will it take to get us to our North Star?”
- It starts building a more data-informed culture
- These graphs could eventually serve as the basis of a collective dashboard, which would enable groups to track their progress over time
Some design implications:
You can do this exercise without preparation. It’s actually an interesting test to see how data-informed we are right now. Eventually, you want to bring in real data. We could bring in folks who are already doing this for our participating orgs.