Ensure a successful digital transformation by bridging the gap between strategy and execution

Why are Programs Struggling?

Depending on the size of the program the cost of failures can run into hundreds of billions. Working with sponsors of large programs there are a number of scenarios that happen, most commonly business leaders report not gaining enough traction or programs are put on hold and the sponsor doesn’t know how to move it forward so the program comes to a standstill.
Working with a number of organisations across Asia and Australia we have consistently seen more successful implementations, minimised business risks and costs, and an increased acceptance and adoption rate during and after the program has been implemented.

The Strategy to Execution Framework Enables Desired Business Outcomes

The Strategy to Execution Framework closes the gap between strategy and execution and provides you with a bridge to the implementation of a transformation program. The Framework includes 4 key elements to get you where you need to go:

 

  • Strategy & Vision creation
  • Look at where you are Today
  • Look forward to where you want to be Tomorrow &
  • Assess & Decide who you need to help you to make the journey.

By implementing these steps, an Execution Roadmap can be created based on YOUR specific needs and will increase program or project success and achieve desired business outcomes.

Elements of the Strategy to Execution Framework

Here are some of the critical steps to strategic change in the Strategy to Execution Framework to enable successful implementation of change and transformation:

Program Strategy — The program strategy provides the foundations for a transformation or change. It helps to determine how to solve business problems in a way that will ensure the best result. 

Sponsorship and Governance Framework — The sponsorship and governance framework creates terms of reference document that outlines the program organisation structure, roles, and responsibilities of each of the functional areas. 

Stakeholder Strategy — The purpose of the stakeholder strategy is to form partnerships with the stakeholders, with the “term partnership” referred to as establishing working and committed relationships. 

Execution Roadmaps — Execution roadmaps have value because they provide a high-level view of all the moving parts of programs in context. They also provide focus on the outcome and what is needed when and by whom.   

Business Case — A business case captures the reasoning and justification for initiating the program or project and the anticipated commercial benefits. It enables the executive to make an investment decision.

Sourcing Strategy — A sourcing strategy guides procurement. It ensures alignment with the information, communication, and technology (ITC) strategy. 

User Journeys — User journeys are the visualisation of the strategy. Their construction leverages design thinking and is part of sensemaking for stakeholders. 

Transition Strategy — A transition strategy focuses on the long-term strategy of the transformation and the future releases and generations. It helps inform the sourcing strategy and procurement of services for ongoing support and maintenance of products and services. 

Change and Adoption Strategy — A change and adoption strategy focuses on adoption and the strategies for change. It is key to delineating the strategic change and activities required for the transformation and the organisation change and activities required. 

Real-Life Results of Implementing the Framework

By using the Framework steps, a Strategic Business Analyst helped a particular program they were assigned gain momentum. Their assignment was to replace existing technology with new technology. It was expected, however, that the process, data, people, and information would remain the same. 
Through the Framework, their sponsor gained the confidence of and received buy-in from the CEO, executives, peers, and stakeholders. This level of buy-in resulted in the sponsor obtaining sufficient funding and more resources. This empowered the sponsor to move on to procurement and implementation. In the end, the outputs of the Strategy to Execution Framework allowed the project/program to succeed.

How can we help?

Talk to us about how we can help your organisation bridge the gap between Transformation Strategy & Execution success. Making it real is what we do.

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About the Author

Jason Novobranec is Implementary’s Chief Operating Officer.

With over 20 years of Consulting, Program Management & Senior Leadership experience, Jason has delivered initiatives for large multi-national / multi-regional organisations as well as SME’s and is an expert in shaping solutions to fit a customer’s project needs.