Refining and Implementing your Strategy

Refining and implementing your strategy really continues on from our article on Making your Improvement Roadmap and makes more sense once you have had a look at our Superior Business Analysis Framework.

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The Superior Business Analysis Framework illustrates the tools through which a strategy can be brought to life. Like we discussed in Making Your Improvement Roadmap, you need clarity on:

  • What are the organisation’s mission, goals and principles?
  • What tactics will you use to actually achieve those goals?
  • What action areas or functional areas of the organisation will you need in place to deliver on these tactics?
  • What processes (and what process steps) actually implement those tactics?
  • What systems, tools, forms and templates will you use to make your processes effective and efficient?
  • What meaningful measures need to be used to track the success of the strategy and its implementation?
  • And how will you collect the data you need to report against those measures?

Ultimate implementation of any organisation’s vision ultimately boils down to the processes that are in place for carrying out core business activities. If there is no process in place, then no activity is being carried out. Or if there is a process in place, but it is inefficient, ad hoc and not being thought through, then the activity is not going to be carried out well.

We are able to provide assistance with the refining of an organisation’s highest-level strategy (from the definition of its mission, goals and principles) through to implementation of the most detailed procedure, and the identification and practical implementation of meaningful measures that track results.

This type of best practice implementation of strategy does not just involve the documentation of a strategy or processes. It is focussed on practical implementation and incorporation at the heart of how your organisation operates. This includes:

  • The physical implementation of your Improvement Roadmap (in terms of making the identified improvements and documenting them for future reference).
  • Planning and carrying out the Change Management aspects associated with making changes to your organisation’s activities.
  • Putting in place an information management framework and appropriate system set-up that allows your business know-how to be stored in a way that is easily accessed, navigated and updated.
  • Ensuring that there are practical processes and materials in place for managing this business know-how on an ongoing basis.