Elements of a Plan

As we saw in our example risky project decision, Prenario Plans provide a quick and easy way to make sense of difficult and risky decisions.

Let's take a closer look at the main elements that make up a Plan:

  1. Cards
  2. Events
  3. Results


Cards are the building blocks for Plans. Cards contain events.

Plans are built by arranging cards containing events in chronological sequence 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.

Learn more about cards


Events are things you predict occurring as a consequence of a decision being made.

Each time you add a new card to your Plan you need to specify the 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 you will be able to choose any one of the events in the card to occur.  
  2. Chance cards represent future chance situations where chance will determine any one of the events in the card to occur, and the best you can do is predict the probability of each event occurring.

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

Learn more about events


Results are how you measure progress towards a goal in a Plan.

You can add results to individual events in your Plan to measure how those events progress you towards your decision 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 which allows you to 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 Prenario to make great decisions