Elements of a Plan

As we saw in our example basic litigation decision, plans provide a way for lawyers and clients to make sense of complex litigation strategies.

Let's take a closer look at the main elements of a plan:

  1. Cards
  2. Events
  3. Results


Cards are the building blocks for plans. Cards contain events and results.

Plans are built by arranging cards containing predicted events in chronological order from left to right.

You can add new cards to your plan by clicking the "+" buttons at the end of each event sequence.

Card menus let you add and delete events from cards, and set event probabilities for chance cards. Click the card name at the top right of the card to access the card menu.

When you add or edit cards, blue arrows show you the preceding events leading up to the card you are adding or editing.

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Events are things you predict occurring as a consequence of a given strategy being adopted.

Each time you add a new card to your plan you need to specify what events it contains.

The type of events you can specify will depend on the type of card you're adding:

  1. Choice cards represent future choice situations where a choice can be made for any one of the events in the card to occur.  
  2. Chance cards represent future chance situations where there is a chance any one of the events in the card to occur, and the best you can do is to predict the probability of each event occurring.
  3. Milestone cards represent a single future events that is guaranteed to occur following a preceding event. Milestone cards can be useful in structuring plans.

It's important to remember that the events in choice and chance cards are mutually exclusive. This means that while any event could potentially occur, only one event per card can actually occur.

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Results are how you measure progress towards a goal.

You can add results to individual events in your plan to measure how those events progress you towards your strategy goals.

Each event sequence in your plan will also have end results which are the sum total of all results in that sequence.

By default, new plans include financial wealth as a decision goal so that you can specify results as monetary gains and losses.

You can also set custom goals to add non-financial results to your plan.

Learn more about results and goals
Next up in this series: Using Litigaze to make great decisions