Back Casting


Back Casting is a project planning tool which helps you work backwards from how a new service should look, to help you figure out what needs to be done to implement it.

Also known as

The tool

Back Casting can be used to help create a visual timeline.

Starting at a future date, when a new or improved service is in place and operational, it works backwards to the present. This is intended to make the task of implementation appear less daunting than it might do otherwise.

Back Casting can be used to help with service blueprinting.

Why use it

When to use it

How to use it

  1. Complete the timeline, starting from the future, when all the changes you want to make are already operational.
  2. Move backwards, filling in what needs to happen between the future date and the present day.
  3. You can use post-its to put in events and milestones. These can be moved and revised as necessary.



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