Is there software for goal factoring (the CFAR technique)? I want to use it to create a directed graph, which is not necessarily a tree and may have cycles (this requirement disqualifies mind mapping software). Nodes are goals, they have attached text. There's an edge from goal x to goal y iff fulfillment of x directly contributes to fulfillment of y. There should be an easy way to see the graph and modify it, preferrably in a visual way.

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Eli Tyre


To my knowledge, Yed is the least worst existing graphing software.

I use it, as does Andrew Critch, and people at Leverage / Paradigm, generally.

Thanks to your advice, I've tried it for goal factoring and for drawing various diagrams. It's great! (by which I mean it's less awful than other software)

1Raj Thimmiah
Are you still using it now or did you find a better solution?
I don't do goal factoring regularly, so I haven't used yed that much. For very small graphs I find graphviz better. If for some reason I need to draw a large graph and I don't need it to look very good, I'll probably go for yed again.