3 years, 7 months ago

How to Build a Roadmap – Gap Analysis Update

This update addresses a number of requests about the tools and methods I use to complete the gap analysis step from earlier posts in the series on How to Build a Roadmap. The update describes some quick Management diagnostic tools used across a wide variety of challenges encountered when developing a road map. Using these tools to perform the gap analysis delivers quick distinctive results and provides the key data and actionable insight needed to develop a meaningful road map.

3 years, 10 months ago

Big Data Analytics – Unlock Breakthrough Results (Step 1)

You’ve made the big data investment. Now it’s time to realize value. This series of posts is going to provide a detailed set of steps you can take to unlock this value in a number of ways. As simple use case I’m going to address the perplexing management challenge of platform and tool optimization across the analytic community as an example to illustrate each step.

6 years, 1 month ago

How to build a Roadmap – Sequence

This post explores the step where we discover the optimum sequence of actions recognizing predecessor – successor relationships. This is undertaken now that we have the initiatives and the prioritization is done. What things do we have to get accomplished first, before others? Are there dependencies we have identified that need to be satisfied before moving forward? What about the capacity for the organization to absorb change?

6 years, 2 months ago

How to build a Roadmap – Prioritize (Part II)

This post continues an earlier discussion about how to use the results from steps 1 – 3 to prioritize the actions we have identified to close the gap or difference (delta) from where we are to what we aspire to be. This is usually driven by evaluating the relative business value AND the technical complexity, plotting the results in a quadrant graph using an Action Priority Matrix. Other complimentary methods are discussed to help IDENTIFY what is feasible and what has the highest business value balancing business need with the capability to execute.

6 years, 2 months ago

How to build a Roadmap – Prioritize (Part I)

This post discusses how to use the results from steps 1 – 3 to prioritize the actions we have identified to close the gap or difference (delta) from where we are to what we aspire to be. This is usually driven by evaluating the relative business value AND the technical complexity, plotting the results in a quadrant graph using an Action Priority Matrix. What we are doing here is IDENTIFYING what is feasible and what has the highest business value balancing business need with the capability to execute.

6 years, 3 months ago

How to build a Roadmap – Gap Analysis

This post will discuss how to develop a robust gap analysis to identify any significant shortcomings between the current and desired end state. We use these findings to begin develop strategy alternatives (and related initiatives) to address what has been uncovered. The intent is to identify the difference (delta) from where we are to what we aspire to become. This exercise is critical to identify what needs to be accomplished.

6 years, 4 months ago

How to build a Roadmap – Define End State

This post will provide a little more exposition and insight into one method I have found useful in practice for quickly defining desired end states. Done well, it can provide an honest and objective look to successfully understand where we truly want to be as an organization and face the uncomfortable truth in some cases where we need to improve.

7 years, 3 days ago

How to build a Roadmap – Define Current State

This post will provide a little more exposition and insight into one method I have found useful in practice for quickly defining current state. Done well, it can provide an honest and objective look in the mirror to successfully understand where we truly are as an organization and face the uncomfortable truth in some cases where we need to improve.