Drivers: The primary trends that will affect the world in which your company does business.

Uncertainties: The primary issues that will affect the rate of change or acceptance of your business trends.

Watchpoints: Events or directions that may signal the coming to pass of a particular scenario.

Weak Signals: Small-scale trends that could wreck your planning assumptions if they grow into big ones.

Wildcards: Utterly unpredictable events or trends that will totally null and void your scenario.

This article was originally published on 06-01-2001
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