Entries by 'Linda Parker Gates'

Strategic Planning: Developing Business Drivers for Performance Improvement

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By Linda Parker Gates
Senior Member of the Technical Staff
Acquisition Support Program

Linda Parker GatesOrganizational improvement efforts should be driven by business needs, not by the content of improvement models.  While improvement models, such as the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) or the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence, provide excellent guidance and best practice standards, the way in which those models are implemented must be guided by the same drivers that influence any other business decision.  Business drivers are the collection of people, information, and conditions that initiate and support activities that help an organization accomplish its mission. These drivers should be the guiding force behind performance improvement because they represent key factors or influences that matter to an organization’s success.  But how do we identify these drivers? This blog posting, the latest in a continuing series on the SEI’s work on strategic planning, describes how we are using integrated strategic planning and the associated information framework to derive the most vital business drivers for performance improvement. 

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Toward Agile Strategic Planning

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By Linda Parker Gates
Senior Member of the Technical Staff
Acquisition Support Program

Linda Parker GatesThe appeal of Agile or lightweight development methods has grown steadily in the software development community.  Having spent a number of years investigating strategic planning approaches, I’ve recently been thinking about whether Agile principles can be—and should be—applied to strategic planning.  This blog post examines the applicability of Agile principles to strategic planning.

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Strategic Planning with Critical Success Factors and Future Scenarios

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By Linda Parker Gates
Senior Member of the Technical Staff, Acquisition Support Program

Linda Parker GatesStrategic planning is a process for defining an organization’s approach for achieving its mission. Conducting successful strategic planning is essential because it creates a foundation for executing work, as well as setting the stage for enterprise architecture, process improvement, risk management, portfolio management, and any other enterprise-wide initiatives. Government organizations are operating in an environment of almost near-constant change, however, which makes it hard to conduct strategic planning efforts successfully. Moreover, when organizations do tackle strategy, they often get bogged down reflecting on the past or speculating on an uncertain future.  This posting describes recent work investigating and integrating techniques to improve organizational strategic planning.

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