Prd 007 Characteristics of the JAR&A StratSnap Strategic SnapShot Critical Issues Process Created by James on 6/23/2013 8:06:26 AM
The following is an overview of the characteristics of the Stratsnap process:
1. Mature and proven
Mature process – derived from Professor Malcolm MacDonald’s ExMar process over more than ten years. Method and tool stable for more than ten years and used in numerous workshops with diverse focus questions.
2. Collaborative, consensus building
The process works with a mixture of private and group work that is highly collaborative and leads to a high level of consensus.
3. Expedited Information Harvesting
The method avoids general discussion – it focusses on Information Harvesting – systematically gathering information from delegates in a highly structured manner that enables a large range of information to be canvassed in a short period of time thereby ensuring optimum utilization of delegates time.
For this reason it is VITAL that a representative delegate group is present, absence of a key delegate can give rise to major problems with the plan later.
4. Graphical and numerical presentation
The tool makes use of numerical readings of importance and performance which are presented in a variety of graphs making interpretation of the data easy and facilitating development of understanding and insight into the underlying trends that are revealed by the process. This facilitates quality decision making.
5. Critical Issues (Pareto) based
The method is Critical Issues based – it limits delegates to not more than seven factors and the entire facilitation method is geared to ensuring that delegates collaboratively lift out the Critical (Pareto) Issues.
The essential goal of the process is to facilitate the delegate group to lift out those action areas that will give rise to the greatest beneficial impact on the organization.
6. Views of the Mountain
The method makes use of the metaphor of “views of the mountain” to make it OK to express divergent views while at the same time creating the context to enable a consensus to be developed in terms of priorities for future action.
7. Measures of performance
The scoring process provides a mechanism to measure performance and the facilitation is designed to minimize the divergence of scores that result from different knowledge and experience sets thereby ensuring maximum reliability in the scores.
The scores provide a concise and effective method of assessing the performance of the organization and identifying gaps to be closed in detailed planning flowing from the SnapShot process.
8. Gap measurements
The weighted gap measurements ensure that at the end of the process delegates are focussed on the aspects that most urgently require attention and provides the foundation for the separate gap analysis workshop that is recommended as a follow-on to the SnapShot process – see separate documentation.
I hope that this outline has given some idea of the characteristics of the StratSnap process and gives some idea of why it is such a powerful and effective tool.
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