Prioritization and Strategy Implementation

Posted by Matthew Thomas

 
 
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matthew-thomas-2.jpgPrioritization often is the greatest struggle for organizations with a vision and a lot of organizational inertia. There is so much we have been doing, and now, with a new vision, we will likely have to change what we are used to doing so we can start to do what we want to do. And often, despite our best efforts, our old habits creep back in.

Organizational inertia doesn't have to be a particularly bad thing - it can be the startup looking to pivot from development to a new sales market; it can be a longstanding business with a strong business model facing a new challenge; it can be a profitable product line which is being diversified. Nevertheless, in all these cases, transformation of priorities must take place, often to keep the business from getting mired by its current course or even its own success.

Like what you're reading? Subscribe Now!Prioritization is often a struggle because there is so much good that can be done, and so many good ideas that could bear fruit. It's important, then, to tie each level of what is being done to what is most important. This will mean that some good will likely be set aside in favor of another.

Last week, we introduced the TAD software from adaQuest, and why the organizations and leaders we work with would find it helpful. One of the ways in which TAD can be immediately helpful is to organizations looking to prioritize their projects and resources strategically.

Using a pairwise process, leaders can determine which major drivers of their strategy are more important than others. That way, the projects tied to them can gain their proper place. TAD can help measure the consistency of the prioritized themes that have come to the surface - to make sure the plan makes sense.

From there, based in budget, resources, or schedule, leaders can then choose which specific projects they will engage in, with TAD providing visual cues to what falls above and below a prioritization line.

 Prioritization does not have to be a task that derails strategy or gets everyone down in the weeds. Instead, it can truly drive the right kinds of transformations that will allow organizations and leaders to be at their best. 

How can I find out more?

TAD-color-cert-badge-2_18_16_.pngAs a TAD-Certified Consultant and member of the TAD Partner program, I can walk you through a demonstration of the software and work with you to see if TAD would be a good fit for your organization or project. Feel free to call 1.877.771.3330 x20 or e-mail me  at matthewmthomas [at] designgroupintl [dot] com. If you would like to see more about the software directly from adaQuest, visit http://www.adaquest.com/services/vision-realization/

 
 
 
 
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Topics: Matthew Thomas, adaQuest, Act, TAD, Think, Deliver

Introducing TAD: Software-supported strategy and implementation

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matthew-thomas-2.jpgI spent a good chunk of last week in Washington State training on software that helps organizations move smoothly from strategic planning through to specific projects that support strategic initiatives. It's called TAD, and produced by a company called adaQuest. TAD stands for Think, Act, Deliver. This is representative of a process orientation to planning and management.

 

Why use TAD?

 

Like what you're reading? Subscribe Now!Let's face it: it's hard to work from a pre-planning, strategic development position all the way through to the specific projects the strategy requires, and be able to flexibly adjust and iterate the plan along the way. Many strategic plans end up shelved for a lack of ability to adjust to changing conditions, or a lack of process orientation through the plan's creation.

(Related: Business Modeling and Sales Development)

 

TAD provides a software framework to assess current organizational state, support strategic planning, and then implement the plan through high-level initiatives and specific projects. TAD strengthens the consultative process by giving the organization the means to carry projects forward without having to embed consultants quite so deeply in day-to-day operations.

 

How can I find out more?

 

As a TAD-Certified Consultant and member of the TAD Partner program, I can walk you through a demonstration of the software and work with you to see if TAD would be a good fit for your organization or project. Feel free to call 1.877.771.3330 x20 or e-mail me at matthewmthomas [at] designgroupintl [dot] com. If you would like to see more about the software directly from adaQuest, visit http://www.adaquest.com/services/vision-realization/

 

I'm really excited about this new tool! Check it out!

 

 
 
 
 
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Topics: Matthew Thomas, strategic planning, strategy, adaQuest, TAD