Means-Ends Analysis


Definition: Means-Ends Analysis is a goal setting and problem solving technique in which one solves a problem by considering the obstacles that stand between the initial problem state and the goal or end state.
The elimination of these obstacles (and, recursively, the obstacles in the way of eliminating these obstacles) are then defined as (simpler) subgoals to be achieved.
When all of the subgoals have been achieved – when all of the obstacles are out of the way – then the main goal of interest has been achieved.


More on goal setting: Commander's Intent, GROW Model, GROWTH Model.


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