Showing that a strategy/policy/procedure is consistent with a ’standard’ one

The problem

In many strategy, policy and accreditation situations, you find yourself having to prove that your particular strategy/policy/procedure (referred to as a ‘strategy' here) is consistent with, compliant with, or takes into account a ’standard’ strategy of some sort. This occurs, for instance, where government has developed an overall strategy and wants to be assured that individual government agencies are taking this ’standard’ strategy into account. There are also many accreditation processes of this nature where you have to prove that your strategy/policy/procedure is compliant with a set of standards.

Currently no robust way of doing this

The way most people do this comparison is to spend some time writing up a document showing that their strategy has been influenced by, and is compliant, with the ‘ tandard' strategy. It is also probable that someone from the agency which has issued the ‘ tandard' strategy will spend some time reading what you’ve written and attempting to study both strategies to make sure that yours is actually consistent with theirs. If they’re conscientious they will have to put considerable work in to ensure that you’re not misrepresting the extent to which your stategy conforms to their ‘standard' one. 

Doing the job properly (and quickly) by cross-mapping a DoView® model

The new way of showing that your strategy is, in fact, consistent and compliant is to represent both strategies in the form of a set of boxes within an visual DoView® model. Then you just need to link boxes within each strategy with each other using DoView® quick linking. Once you’ve done this, you can quickly visualize the extent to which the two strategies are consistent with each other. 

This power of this methdology is that the visual format is a lot more efficient at assessing both the consistencies and the lack of consistencies between different strategies. 

A ‘standard' strategy cross-mapped onto an ‘assessed’ strategy

In the page below a ’standard’ strategy set out with yellow boxes has been mapped onto an ‘assessed’ strategy on the page with blue boxes. The small numbers in white on each box in the ‘standard' strategy show the number of boxes from the ’assessed’ strategy which are similar. As a result you can immediately identify any boxes in the ‘ tandard' strategy which do not have an equivalent within the ‘ ssessed' strategy and vice versa. These are marked up in red.

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A scalable approach

The example above is a simple example. However the DoView® approach is scalable to very large strategies. The screenshot belows shows how large multi-component strategies can be cross-mapped in this way. 

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How to get started

Simply download a trial copy of DoView software, enter your strategies as boxes (you can use the multi-page drill-down feature of DoView to model large strategies as has been done in the example above). And then do the cross-mapping. (Click on a box and push Alt to drag a line out over the box you want to link to, this works across pages also).