Strategic Planning is designing a desired future and identifying ways in the long, medium, and short- term to bring it about. Its cardinal purpose is to discover opportunities to exploit and threats to overcome.
|To Date (Past Accomplishments and Capabilities)
Who? Who are we?
Resources: Personnel Leadership; Technical Expertise; Facilities; & Equipment
Why? Why are we in business?
Values; Purpose; Goals; Motivation
What? What got us where we are today?
Current Practices; Decision-making
External: Customers; Suppliers; Community
Internal - All employees
Where? Where are we doing business?
Markets; Value package
When? When did we achieve significant accomplishments and are our current milestones?
How? How do we operate?
Planning; Performance measurements
|Gap Analysis (Whats needed to get from present to future?)
Accomplishments and Capabilities)
Who? Who do we want to become in terms of our leadership; resources; personnel, etc.?
Why? Why will we be in business? (Consider our values, motives and ideals).
What? What will our future processes and practices look like as related to our internal and external interests?
Where? Where do we want to be doing business in the future?
When? When will our goals be met? (Further defined as specific, quantifiable goals during the strategic planning process)
How? How do we plan to achieve these goals? (Further defined in action plans during the tactical planning process)