Strategic Planning Services
Kaizen Assembly is a huge fan of traditional strategic planning methods, the DMAIC Model in Six Sigma and the seven step Hoshin Kanri Planning process. Some clients enjoy these approaches as much as we enjoy working through them together. Other clients? Meh - not so much. To better accommodate clients wanting a more streamlined approach to strategic planning, we employ Daring Business Strategies, Inc.'s simplified model.
There are four (4) main categories to consider when formulating a strategy: 1) Definition; 2) Analysis; 3) Scenario; and 4) Solution. A well-defined strategy considers numerous, multi-dimensional alternatives to achieving goals. It's also wise to document why certain possibilities were not selected over others. This will help support your decisions, clarify your actions, and provide perspective when measuring success.
The DEFINITION phase poses questions like:
- Where are we going?
- What will success look like?
- What are we all about?
This is the time to align vision, mission, core values, and belief systems. We will then develop problem statements, goals, and objectives in support of these foundation items.
The ANALYSIS phase asks questions such as:
- How long will this take?
- Where are we today?
- Where are we coming from?
We use a number of qualitative and quantitative tools to perform: situational analysis; evaluation and assessment; skills inventories; SWOT analysis; and set boundaries or limitations.
The SCENARIO phase focuses on these questions:
- How will we get there?
- What approaches can we take?
- What is possible?
This fun and creative phase is all about brainstorming options, identifying alternatives, and modeling what's possible. Process owners and key stakeholders alike can safely express ideas for the organization's benefit.
The SOLUTION phase answers the questions:
- Did we get there?
- How did we do?
- Was it worth it?
Once the strategy is implemented and executed, it's time to monitor, measure, and report progress. This is the time to confirm accountability, re-evaluate outcomes, and fine-tune the new process.