Aries Analysis Template



For information and guidance on how to undertake an ARIES analysis, see the ARIES Analysis and Tools page.

 

 

The Issue

 

Outline, perhaps a page or so, of the business/organizational context and a specific incident/event/episode that illustrates the issue of concern

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attending: The Observation and Inference Table

Observations (what's directly discernable)

Possible Inferences (Interpretations)




 



 



 



 



 



 

 


Reflecting: the Reflection Matrix


 

 

Hidden Assumptions

Hidden Interests

Hidden Feelings

Hidden Knowledge

 

Your assessment of what the stakeholder might take as give

Your assessment of what might be important to the stakeholder; what they value or want to protec

Your assessment of what the stakeholder might be feeling but not saying

Your assessment of what the stakeholder might know but have not declared














Stakeholder 1











       

 

 

 

Hidden Assumptions

Hidden Interests

Hidden Feelings

Hidden Knowledge

 

Your assessment of what the stakeholder might take as given

Your assessment of what might be important to the stakeholder; what they value or want to protect

Your assessment of what the stakeholder might be feeling but not saying

Your assessment of what the stakeholder might know but have not declared














Stakeholder 2











       

 

 

Hidden Assumptions

Hidden Interests

Hidden Feelings

Hidden Knowledge

 

Your assessment of what the stakeholder might take as given

Your assessment of what might be important to the stakeholder; what they value or want to protect

Your assessment of what the stakeholder might be feeling but not saying

Your assessment of what the stakeholder might know but have not declared














Stakeholder (n)











       

 

 

Hidden Assumptions

Hidden Interests

Hidden Feelings

Hidden Knowledge

 

Your assessment of what the stakeholder might take as given

Your assessment of what might be important to the stakeholder; what they value or want to protect

Your assessment of what the stakeholder might be feeling but not saying

Your assessment of what the stakeholder might know but have not declared









Yourself / your own group











       

 

Inquiring


 

Question Type

Purpose

   

Checking Questions

Verifying understandings

Gathering & Clarifying Questions

Seeking more information &/or clarifying meanings

Exploring Questions

Delving into underlying assumptions, interests, feelings and knowledge

Testing Questions

Scrutinising claims and examining inferences

Futuring Questions

Identifying and examining desired and possible futures

 

 

Deep-reaching questions for my case

Question Type (optional)

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

 

Expressing Tool

Introducing: Outlining the context for your remarks, naming the topic/s you'd like to talk about, and declaring your purpose in speaking up






 

Asserting and supporting: Putting forward the key elements in your case and any reasoning and evidence to back them up – and doing so in ways that demonstrate awareness of other perspectives on the issue






 

Illuminating: Presenting relevant stories/examples/illustrations/anecdotes to "color-in" your arguments






 

Disclosing: Making explicit relevant assumptions, interests, feelings and knowledge that you might not otherwise state






 

Inviting: Creating opportunities for others to respond to what you have said




 


 

 

Synthesizing

Naming and specifying a Transformational Challenge











 

 

From (description of an initial set of conditions that can be held out as contestable):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To (description of a desired set of conditions, representing a future vision fulfilled, again that can be held out as contestable):

 

 

 

 

 

 

Identifying a Relational Challenge

One (or more) specific contentious problems you need to work through, in order to reach the vision

What might be a Relational Challenge for you in connection with the issue you are dealing with?











 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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