Everything I do, I do it with POO

Everything we do in life has POO. Everything we do at work. Everything we do at home. Everything we do when we are alone or with somebody or in a group or in a crowd. Everything we do has POO. Everything we use has POO. Everything we create has POO.

What is POO?

POO is the Purpose, why we do something; the Objectives, what we are trying to get out of something; and the Outcomes, what we expect at the end. POO helps us better define what we are doing and why we are doing it. POO also helps us put boundaries on things. It helps us determine whether or not something contributes or not. It helps define when we are done. It lets us know if something is appropriate for what we need to accomplish.

Purpose: Why bother?

The Purpose tells us why we are doing something. The Purpose provides context. It gives us the reason and motivation for doing or changing something. It helps us prioritize what we need to do or change.

The Purpose is usually just a single sentence. For example:

The purpose of this article is to convince others that POO is a good framework for defining changes to things and other activities.

Objectives: What do we want?

The Objectives describe what we want out of something. It focuses our thoughts and actions on specific, defined goals. This helps us choose thing and activities that contribute to the objectives so we do not waste time or resources that do not help us achieve the objectives.

There can be one or more Objectives for something. It helps if the objectives are listed in order of priority. For example:

The objectives of this article are:

  1. To raise awareness in others that everything has POO
  2. To show the usefulness of identifying the POO
  3. To solidify my thinking and understanding about POO
  4. To foster discussions on POO

Outcomes: What do we get?

The Outcomes identify what we expect to get out of something. They are the state of the universe after doing or making something. The Outcomes help us focus on what we really need to deliver, on what we expect to change.

Like Objectives, there can be one or more outcomes. For example:

The outcomes of this article are:

  • People use POO when defining activities or changes
  • People use POO when doing and making choices
  • I am happy with my understanding of POO
  • I am happy with my POO
  • People talk to me about POO

So? Why is POO important?

POO is important because:

  • It helps us focus on what we really need to do or make.
  • It helps to align expectations.
  • It helps use understand the bigger picture in which we do specific things.
  • It provides a framework for discussing and making decisions about activities and changes.
  • It helps us know when we are done.
  • It is a tool for defining activities, tasks, deliverables, conditions, projects, changes, and… well, everything.


(You may say that all of this is a load of BS. I say it is POO.)


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