You have created a strategy that articulates your organization’s vision, purpose, values and goals. Now you need to create an implementation plan to execute this strategy, but how do you get from a strategy to an execution plan?
A strategy roadmap is a bridge (or link) between strategy and execution; it visualizes the key outcomes which must be delivered over a time horizon in order to achieve the organization’s strategic vision. Importantly, the outcomes on the strategy roadmap are substantiated by a clear understanding of the organization’s capabilities, gaps and priorities that must be addressed to achieve the strategic vision.
What is the Difference between a Strategy Roadmap and a Plan?
A strategy roadmap is not a visual Gantt chart of activities with start dates and end dates (however pretty it may look). A strategy roadmap describes what the organization must change and why this change is required in order to achieve the strategic vision. A strategy roadmap also communicates the “Why” and “What” but not the “How”.
An execution plan describes “How” the organization will deliver the outcomes described in the strategy roadmap. An execution plan is typically represented in a Gantt chart with a specific timeframe, activities with start dates and end dates, milestones and resource allocation.
How is a Strategy Roadmap Created?
A good strategy roadmap should articulate clearly “Why” and “What” must be changed and the sequence of this change in order for the organization to achieve its strategic vision. The translation of a strategy to a strategy roadmap should be done methodically to ensure there is clear linkage or substantiation of the strategy roadmap outcomes back to the strategic vision or intent.
Some organizations jump straight from their strategy into execution or implementation planning. Often an execution plan is derived by getting a group of stakeholders together in a workshop to “generate” a list of initiatives or activities with sticky notes on a wall. The workshop is usually facilitated with the key question being “What initiatives or activities do we need to execute?” and from there the people in the room simply dream up a list. Later, most of these organizations start to question: “Have we missed anything?” Or: “How do we know that this list of initiatives or activities will deliver our strategy?”
A method of formulating and substantiating a good strategy roadmap is capability based planning. This takes a holistic view of the organization to ensure that you have good coverage and understanding of the areas of change. Capability based planning will help you understand what capabilities exist, what capabilities are required in the future to meet the strategic vision, what changes are required, and the priority of these changes. The changes identified form the outcomes or initiatives which appear on your strategy roadmap.
What is Jibility?
Jibility is an App, Book and Canvas designed specifically to help organizations bridge the gap between strategy and execution with a strategy roadmap. Jibility helps organizations to create business and technology strategy roadmaps – easily, quickly and consistently.
Jibility applies a simple six-step approach (called Jibility Steps) from defining Challenges, Objectives, Capabilities, Courses of Action, Initiatives to Roadmap to build your strategy roadmap. The Jibility Steps are a simplification of the industry-recognized Capability Based Planning approach that can be used by anyone.
The Jibility App is a tool that guides the user through the six Jibility Steps and automates the process of creating a strategy roadmap. The Jibility App also provides the user with pre-defined building blocks for faster and more agile delivery and maintenance of strategy roadmaps.