BenchmarkingBenchmarking is the process of measuring your organization against an industry or competitor. For example, measuring your customer acquisition cost versus an industry average.due diligence for a strategy proposal.
Strategic AnalysisStrategic analysis is research aimed at understanding strategic strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.drivers that influence your strategy in areas such as competition, markets, regulations, public opinion, constraints, technology, customer needs and perceptions.
Mission & VisionDeveloping conviction around your mission as an organization and vision for the future. Your mission can be continually challenged but seldom changes if it is designed correctly. For example, "supply the energy needs of the nation" is better than "supply the oil needs of the nation" as the later makes the questionable assumption that a particular approach will remain dominant.
Strategic GoalsDeveloping targets for the future. For example, a target to become the market leader in a particular product category.
Strategic ObjectivesStrategic objectives are measurable and meaningful steps towards strategic goals. For example, a goal to achieve 20% market penetration in a product category.
Business StrategyA business strategy is a concrete plan to achieve a goal in an environment of constraint and competition. For example, a plan to scale out production to reduce unit cost to gain a cost advantage over the competition.
OptimizationExperimenting with small changes that can be predicted to have a benefit.
InnovationInnovation is the process of aggressively testing brave ideas. This may often fail. However, business experiments can be designed to fail well meaning that they fail safe, quick and cheap.
EstimatesEstimating the cost, resource requirements and schedule for strategic options.
ForecastingForecasting market conditions and the results of strategy.
Gap AnalysisAn identification of the gaps between where you are now and where you want to be. For example, a list of the major steps required to scale up production.
Capability AnalysisCapability analysis is the practice of identifying your current and future business capabilities and the gap between. For example, a restaurant that looks at capabilities such as quality control to achieve a goal to increase customer satisfaction.
Risk AnalysisThe identification and analysis of risks associated with each strategic option.
Scenario PlanningScenario planning is the practice of considering possible future outcomes and how you will adapt strategy to each. For example, planning for both unexpectedly high and unexpectedly low demand for a product.
Business CaseA proposal that outlines the benefits and risks of an investment. Used to pitch a strategy.
Business PlanA business plan outlines the benefits and risks of a new business. Used to pitch strategies to start, acquire or enter a new business.
Strategic PrioritiesA healthy business develops far more strategies than could possibly be implemented. This requires prioritization that is often based on evaluation of business cases.
Budget PlanningThe process of planning spending for a period of time including CAPEX and OPEX. In many cases, this is the defacto process that sets strategic priorities such that financial roles such as a CFO typically have significant influence over strategy.
Sanity CheckThe adoption of strategy can suffer from biases and social compromises such as the abilene paradox. As such, any strategy related decision making performed by a committee is likely to fail. This is the reason that organizations are typically structured with a single individual at the top with full decision making authority and accountability such that they can perform a sanity check on strategy. If this individual is right a lot, there is some hope that strategy will work out.
|Overview: Strategy Development
The process of identifying strategy.
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