Heptalyzer User's Guide
Welcome to the Heptalyzer tool! This document should help you get
familiar with working with our tool.
The Heptalyzer tool allows you to assess a business plan based
on the strength of its key components and your confidence level
in each element. You receive the result as score numbers, as well
as graphically, in the form of heptagons that get filled and/or
change color to illustrate you business plan's strengths and weaknesses.
Heptalyzer consists of the following parts:
- Names of elements (links to sub-heptagons)
- Sliders (Blue for score and Red for Confidence level)
- Setup and Help Buttons
In order to evaluate a business plan, you need to enter your score
and confidence value for each element. You can do this by dragging
the corresponding slider, moving it to a position from 0 (none)
to 100 (complete). The blue slider represents the score of the corresponding
element into the overall business plan, and the red slider shows
your estimate of confidence in score of the element. The main heptagon
will reflect your changes, and so will the scores under it. Below
you can see how the heptagon looks with some values changed.
For finer adjustments, you have a sub-heptagon for every element
of the main heptagon. You can access the sub-heptagon of an element
by clicking its name, which is a link to its sub-heptagon. The sub-heptagons
look and work in the same way as the main heptagon, and display
scores of their own for the particular element. There is also a
Back button available under every sub-heptagon, which returns you
to the main heptagon.
You can change the weight that each element has on the overall
score. To do this, click the Setup button and use the sliders (1
in the picture below) to set the weight of elements. When you are
done, click the Back button (2) in the Setup screen (shown below)
to return to the heptagon or sub-heptagon which you were setting
For a more detailed description of Heptalyzer's model and the elements
used in scoring, you can click the Help button in any heptagon screen
or turn to page 28 of the White Paper.