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DoView visual strategic planning for Corporates.
The more that your projects or activities are aligned to your priorities, the more efficient your organization will be. It’s as simple as that. Sometimes the metaphor of achieving strategic ‘line-of-sight’ is used. In the DoView approach we deliver real visual ‘line-of-sigh’ analysis to quickly expose whether you have achieved strategic alignment or not. Here’s how:
Prioritize your boxes
Once you’ve built your visual DoView Outcomes Model, go through it and identify which outcomes you’ll be focusing on in the next planning period (e.g. the next year). Only 'A' priorities are marked and in bold below
Insert your projects/activities boxes
Insert boxes for each of your projects/activies onto a new page.
Link your projects to the priority boxes they are focused on
When you only have a few projects, do informal line-of-sight analysis and have one person read out the priorities while another looks through your projects page to see if one or more projects are focused on these priorities. If you want to do formal DoView line-of-sight analysis, use DoView’s unique ‘cross-page linking’ to link your projects to your priority boxes. Because you can make links within DoView across different pages, the DoView approach is scalable to real-world situations where you have many projects. In terms of where DoView fits in your organizational toolkit - you use the DoView approach to identify which projects you will be doing, you then use normal project planning software like Microsoft Project to do your detailed project planning. (In the technical jargon, DoView is a ‘lite’ way of doing, or prototyping, Enterprise Portfolio Management without it costing you an arm and a leg).
Prove that your projects are focused on your priorities
Prove that you're focusing your projects on your priorities. The white number at the bottom of each box shows the number of projects focused on each box. The 'Clarity about IP’ box, in spite of being an ‘A’ priority, does not have any projects focused on it. Therefore, there is a lack of ‘line-of-sight’. It is either not a priority, or it needs at least one new project focused on it.
Use a poster to show you've mapped your projects onto priorities
Rapidly communicate the fact that you have line-of-sight alignment to others. Do this in whatever format is appropriate: within DoView Software, as a printed model, as a printed poster.
Click within DoView Software or produce listing of which boxes each project is focusing on
Either use the DoView Software version of your model and right click on any priority box to see the projects that are focused on it, or create a PDF listing showing this. Conceptually, this provides a standardized language for your to describe the purpose or outcomes of each of your projects. This is essential in all project planning if you are going to ensure strategic alignment. Doing it within DoView is a lot faster and clearer than the traditional approach.
Anyone can use the above DoView software company visual strategic plan, with acknowledgment, for their own company and for their own for-profit or not-for-profit consulting work if they, or their clients, are using DoView Software. Anyone can use it to teach anyone else how to use DoView software. If you want to use it for other purposes please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Using DoView to develop corporate strategy