What is a Visual Business Analysis Software?

What is Vithanco?

Vithanco is a business analysis software. Capture data, analyse information, plan ahead. 
Vithanco uses visuals to help you to keep the overview. See below for some inspirations.

Clarify Terminology with Concept Maps

Did you ever experienced that people mean different things by the same term? That people meant the same although they use different terms?

Concept Maps will help you to find these otherwise difficult to find issues. Use it whenever you start working in a new area. And always at the beginning of a project. 

A Concept Map describing key concepts of Vithanco itself.

Capture Discussions with IBIS

IBIS is a simple structure for capturing any discussion or for the elaboration of questions. IBIS starts with a question, captures the answers/ideas and collects pros and cons for each answer/idea. Any node can be further elaborated with another question, allowing the deep analysis of the topic. 

This structure is regularly used in combination with wicked problems

An IBIS diagram about the IBIS Notation

 

Current Reality Trees / Theory of Constraints

Current Reality Trees are part of the Theory of Constraints Thinking Processes. Theory of Constraints (TOC) is focusing on identifying the overall constraints of the system looked at, identifying solutions to elevate the constraint and to plan the needed changes. Current Reality Trees are the first step of the TOC approach, aiming at identifying the shared root cause for several Undesirable Effects (UDEs)

The same Current Reality Tree (CRT), left in normal/bright appearance, right in dark appearance. Dark Appearance is a feature introduced with macOS 10.14 Mojave.

 

Plan Projects with Benefit Breakdown Structure

Start with the end in mind! Projects are created in order to achieve investment objectives and to realise benefits. Hence, plan backwards from the objectives and the benefits. Which process is creating the benefit? How do you enable the process changes? Vithanco allows you to show the context of the enabler and therefore to answer questions like this: The IT department could cheaply provide feature X as part of the project. Would you like it? Trace the enabler (software) to the benefits. Is the feature needed to create any benefit? If not then don’t implement it. 

The structure of the Benefit Breakdown Structure (or Benefit Map)

An example diagram for the Benefit Breakdown Structure. It explains basic concepts of how to use benefit realisation in a project.

Understand long-term Behaviour with Causal Loop Diagrams

Causal Loop Diagrams (CLDs) are a way to capture systems, to analyse them and to plan to influence them. CLDs explain long term behaviour of systems which is otherwise difficult to understand based if you only look at the current as-is snapshot. 










 

A CLD is very useful to identify the loops that affect the systems’ behaviour. Especially the separation between balancing and reinforcing loops provides meaningful insights into a system’s behaviour as shown in the following table. 

Loop Type Description
Balancing

Balancing loops have an odd number of opposite connections (negative links).
Balancing loops are associated with reaching a plateau.

Reinforcing

Reinforcing loops have an even number of opposite connections (negative links, please note that zero also is even). 
Reinforcing loops are associated with exponential increases/decreases.

Describe Decisions with Decision Trees

A Decision Tree to decide on your next Vithanco Diagram (March 2019)

This is a simple example for Decision Trees.