"Users are paid to do their jobs, not to understand their jobs…and certainly not to explain their jobs to IT""
Tom DeMarco / Richard Branton

Business process reengineering is a management approach aimed at making radical improvements by means of increasing the effectiveness of the processes that exist within and across organizations. The key is for businesses to look at their business processes from a ‘clean slate’ perspective and determine how they can best construct these processes to improve how they conduct business. It includes affecting change within in an organization in a major way, so ideally it will look at all aspects of the business. It often includes implementing new technology, but it will always include organizational change and often fosters the need for a new organizational design.

Advanced Strategies uses business process modeling ( with data flow diagramming) to describe, analyze, and document current business processes. We create with the business users an intuitive, non-technical model representing their perspective of how the business is conducted. Then a staged approach is taken to strip the model down to the bare essential processes to help the users ‘let go’ of
legacy practices and brainstorm and research for new opportunities and methods. The process model is then rebuilt to represent a desired, future state.

To affect the Organizational change, a five step approach is used to specify the business strategy and vision, identify the work needed to achieve the vision, configure the work into organization roles, develop the design, and plan the transformation. This methodology works whether re-designing an existing organization or building a brand new one.

Advanced Strategies’ approach to strategic planning utilizes a structured methodology to explore and specify five main strategic components:

  1. Intentions – the expected business results to sponsors, customers, and staff.
  2. Values – the principles that guide what is expected and accepted in the pursuit of those results.
  3. Market Space Analysis – prioritizing the core markets the organization serves and the core offerings it provides.
  4. External Environment – examining the trends, constraints, and opportunities outside of the organization’s control that must be monitored, responded to, and capitalized on.
  5. Internal Environment – everything the organization wishes to put in place to deliver the above in terms of people, funding, facilities, processes, and systems.

Course Outcomes:
Students of Advanced Strategies’ Strategic Planning course will return to work:

  1. With an appreciation of the importance and application of strategic planning in today’s hypercompetitive and rapidly changing world.
  2. With a framework for focusing on truly strategic decisions - those that will impact the organization's direction, priorities, culture, and ultimately, its success or failure.
  3. With techniques for transforming a strategic vision into actionable projects, with the tools to prioritize and focus resources on the activities most needed to reach the desired future state.

Who Should Attend:
The course is targeted for anyone who sees themselves as a person responsible for shaping and implementing the direction of an organization. From CEOs, CIOs, and commissioners down to directors, managers, and individual contributors, the techniques are scaleable for any size organization.

Course Duration:
Three Days

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Materials Provided:
Student Course Book, Student Workbook, Handouts and Samples

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