What is it for?
Stating a problem. This framework aims to help defining a set of assumptions when framing a problem and is a solid base for hypothesis testing.
- T is for Trouble: What is the problem your idea attends to solve?
- O for Owner: Whose problem is this?
- S is for Success: What will success look like, and when?
- C is for Constraints: What are the limits on the solution space?
- A is for Actors: Who has a say in the way we solve this problem, and what do they want?
How do I use it?
- As a workshop probe in early stage entrepreneurship projects
- As an alignment tool in multi-stakeholders discussions
- As a consulting tool
Where is it coming from?
I’ve initially found it in the book: Cracked it!: How to solve big problems and sell solutions like top strategy consultants by Bernard Garrette, Corey Phelps, and Olivier Sibony. In the book, authors mention the TOSCA Puccini Opera masterpiece as a source inspiration. But I don’t know if they are the inventors of it.