Decode the Corporate Strategy

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If IT does not understand and align with the corporate strategy:

  • Corporate executives and business units feel IT is not delivering what they need, leading to dissatisfaction and criticism. “IT builds stuff we don’t need.”
  • Corporate executives feel IT doesn't understand what is important.
  • IT is not included in corporate strategy discussions and required strategic information is challenging to obtain.
  • Corporate objectives are too vague, making them difficult to translate into IT strategy.
  • Business units keep changing their minds about what they want from IT.
  • Business units demand more than IT can deliver and prioritization is difficult.

When IT understands the corporate strategy:

  • IT can build an IT strategy that delivers value.
  • IT enables key corporate capabilities, allowing IT to be viewed as a trusted operator.
  • IT improves stakeholder relations by delivering on stakeholder needs.

Module 1: Make the Case

The Purpose

  • Identify benefits of decoding the corporate strategy.
  • Identify pain points experienced when corporate strategy isn’t understood.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Clearly defined pain points of understanding corporate strategy.
  • Understands IT’s role in decoding corporate strategy.

Activities: Outputs:
1.1 Identify current process used to understand corporate strategy.
1.2 Identify challenges encountered decoding the corporate strategy.
  • A list of challenges the IT department is encountering trying to understand corporate strategy.
1.3 Identify things that work well currently.
  • A list of benefits that could be achieved from better understanding of corporate strategy.

Module 2: Quick Tips and Tricks

The Purpose

  • Identify the do's and don’ts of understanding corporate strategy.
  • Find quick wins that can improve IT’s understanding and promote a positive perception of IT.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Identified quick strategies for improving understanding of corporate strategy.
  • Identified best practices for interviewing stakeholders.

Activities: Outputs:
2.1 Assess current IT effectiveness at understanding corporate strategy.
  • A list of things IT currently does well.
  • A list of things IT currently does poorly.
2.2 Identify three quick-wins that IT can implement quickly to improve.
  • Three ideas for improving understanding of corporate strategy.

Module 3: Process Overview

The Purpose

  • Set project goals.
  • Overview of the decoding the corporate strategy process.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Understand the corporate strategy decoding process.
  • Set clear goals for the corporate strategy decoding initiative.

Activities: Outputs:
3.1 Determine the importance of comprehensiveness and improve stakeholkder relations.
  • Clearly defined goals for decoding the corporate strategy.
3.2 Walk through the high-level corporate strategy decoding process.

Module 4: Collect and Analyze Data

The Purpose

  • Mine corporate strategy documents.
  • Mine business unit strategy documents.
  • Conduct stakeholder interviews.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Identify required corporate strategy documents.
  • Prepare for stakeholder interviews.

Activities: Outputs:
4.1 Brainstorm relevant corporate strategy documents.
  • Harvested corporate strategy documents.
  • Harvested business unit strategy documents.
4.2 Mock interview to prepare for stakeholder interviews.
  • Completed and documented stakeholder interviews.

Module 5: Identify Corporate Objectives

The Purpose

  • Identify corporate objectives.
  • Identify corporate initiatives.
  • Map corporate initiatives to corporate objectives.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Identified corporate objectives.
  • Identified corporate initiatives.
  • Mapped corporate initiatives to corporate objectives.

Activities: Outputs:
5.1 Read corporate strategy data and identify relevant objectives and intiiatives.
  • A documented list of corporate objectives.
5.2 Map corporate objectives to corporate initiatives.
  • A documented list of corporate initiatives.

Module 6: Prioritize Corporate Objectives

The Purpose

  • Prioritize corporate objectives.
  • Prioritize corporate initiatives.
  • Validate corporate objectives.
  • Validate corporate initiatives.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Prioritized corporate objectives.
  • Prioritized corporate initiatives.
  • Validated corporate objectives.
  • Validated corporate initiatives

Activities: Outputs:
6.1 As a group, determine the priority of corporate objectives.
  • A prioritized and validated list of corporate objectives.
6.2 As a group, determine the priority of corporate initiatives.
  • A prioritized and validated list of corporate initiatives.

Module 7: Identify Corporate Capability Effects

The Purpose

  • Map current corporate capabilities.
  • Identify how organizational initiatives affect corporate capabilities.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Mapped current corporate capabilities.
  • Identified how organizational initiatives affect corporate capabilities.

Activities: Outputs:
7.1 As a group, map and document current corporate capabilities.
  • A documented list of corporate capability effects.
7.2 Determine how corporate initiatives and objectives will use or modify corporate capabilities.

Module 8: Prioritize Corporate Capability Effects

The Purpose

  • Prioritize capability effects.
  • Validate capability effects.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Prioritized capability effects.
  • Validated capability effects.

Activities: Outputs:
8.1 As a group, determine the priority of corporate capability effects.
  • A prioritized and validated list of corporate capability effects.

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