Strategic Planning Services

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Farrell & Associates are able to provide a high level of productivity to consulting projects because of their working style and their unique set of tools and techniques which have been developed as a result of focused research over a number of years.  Further, Farrell & Associates believe that their clients’ staff knowledge should be enhanced by working with consultants and thus skills transfer and team participation is a standard part of the way in which they work with organisations.   

The strategic planning services we provide our clients are:  

The Strategy Review 

Many organisations build strategic plans - but just how good are they? Can they be implemented? Will they work? Will they achieve what management really needs? Can the goals and objectives be measured to ensure that the organisation is on track to achieve its mission? The development of a strategic plan can be a daunting project for even the best managed organisations. All too often organisations get caught up in the specific details of the plan and the overall business aspects become secondary. Without a formal structured approach the strategic plan becomes a vague description of intent with little substance. 

To build a strategic plan successfully requires information - information about products and services, information about customers and the marketplace, information about the organisation’s resources, etc.  All of this is essential if management is to answer such questions as: Are our plans working? Are we achieving our goals and objectives? What resources do we need? And are they the right ones?

A Strategy Review can assist management to answer these and many other questions about their business. A Strategy Review helps both managers and staff to focus on the strategic (i.e. business) objectives of their area within the organisation. It also crystallises all the information requirements that will be needed by management to achieve their goals and objectives and most importantly to identify all the resources necessary to carry out the strategies.

 

Planning Facilitation

Farrell & Associates provides highly qualified and experienced consultants to facilitate strategic planning at all levels of the organisation. Our consultants use technology to work interactively with planning teams. As such all the planning documentation is prepared and updated in real-time. When the planning session is finished the documentation is immediately ready for distribution and further review. What’s more, we don’t leave you with a room full of paper & scraps of notes to decipher afterwards - all team sessions are carefully documented & analysed as a part of the facilitation process. A complete report of all findings to date is always available at any stage of the facilitation process.

Click here to read our paper (Adobe Acrobat format) on Strategic Planning.

 

Over the years we have developed methodologies to assist us and our clients in achieving a high level of productivity. These methodologies have been well-proven in numerous consulting projects. They include:

Strategy Reengineering 

Strategy Reengineering is a well-proven set of analytical techniques that has evolved from the blending of Strategic Planning, Information Modelling and Business Process Reengineering over the last five years. It fills the gaps and overcomes the limitations of each method, and provides a total quality solution to the problems facing organisations today.

 

The strategic planning aspect of Strategy Reengineering draws heavily on management theory – particularly Peter Drucker and Michael Porter. It uses an expression of an organisation's directions as a starting point, in terms of the strategic statements e.g. mission, goals & objectives, etc.. The statements  are used by Strategy Reengineering for modeling of strategy and the formulation of the strategic blueprint. All of the strategic statements are linked in a cascading manner. For example, the Mission statement will define goals and objectives which in turn will define strategies and tactics.

Click here to read our paper (Adobe Acrobat format) on Strategy Reengineering.

 

S3 Analysis 

In many organisations management considers the implementation of their strategic plan is the desired final outcome. They consider that the strategic planning process is a top-down one and, following in the footsteps of Drucker, that structure follows strategy. 

But strategic planning today is not a top-down process but a continuous-loop, iterative process. One which is not just carried out on a dreaded and long-winded annual basis, but one which is carried out all the time - a mindset. The process involves firstly management treating the planning of strategy (as opposed to strategic planning) as a fundamental part of their daily responsibilities i.e strategy management. 

 

 

A core part of this strategy management involves the continuous analysis of the three essential components of the planning framework, known as S3 Analysis - Strategy, Structure, Systems. S3 analysis can rapidly highlight points of conflict, miscommunication and inefficiencies caused by the non-alignment of any of these three major areas. 

Click here to read our paper (Adobe Acrobat format) on S3 Analysis.

 

Key Factor Analysis

This methodology is the result of over four years of research into the factors that organisations use to align their IT with their goals and objectives. Click here to see the results of this research and the methodology we have developed to assist organisations in aligning their IT with their goals and objectives.