BOSCARD – Tool for Structure
By: Chloe Lamb
BOSCARD is a tool used in scoping meetings, which aim to determine whether the investment of resources in redesigning a specific Lean project is required and to determine the way forward via asking the following questions.
- Why do we want to do this piece of work?
- Where does the process we are talking about start and finish?
- What do we hope to achieve?
- Who do we need to involve?
- How long will it take?
- When are we going to do it?
BOSCARD enables a constructive approach for answering the above questions and allows group agreements when determining what the problem that requires change is. In addition, it allows a means of creating structure when discussing the project as well as quickly delivering all essential project information to stakeholders in a clear, digestible format.
So how do you use BOSCARD? Let’s break down the elements of BOSCARD into followable steps:
Background = Providing background information including the reasons for creating the project in addition to mentioning the stakeholders who will benefit from the project.
Objective = Outline the project goals.
Scope = Describe in detail the features and functions that characterise what the project is supposed to deliver.
Constraints = Identify the main restrictions/challenges of the project.
Assumptions = Note all of the determined factors of the project. During the planning stage of the project these assumptions will be validated.
Risks = Outline the risks/constraints and assess the significance of each risk and how these can be addressed.
Deliverables = Outline the deliverables the project is aiming to produce in order to meet the outlined objectives.
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Mark Robinson. (2019). BOSCARD A Scoping Tool for Lean Continuous Improvement Projects: In: Stephen Yorkstone Global Lean for Higher Education: A Themed Anthology of Case Studies, Approaches, and Tools. CRC Press. 181-195.