The Strategic Planning Cycle

Some think of strategic planning as a one time or every 3 years exercise. In my experience, it is most beneficial to think about it as a yearly cycle. This time of year is when many organizations refresh strategic objectives and tune longer term plans. Finishing strategic planning efforts by October allows for those deliverables to feed into the annual planning cycle and prevents conflict between the two efforts. I like to think of strategic planning as an on-going process that is evaluated and refined every quarter, but also has … Continue Reading >


Know these Rules to Rule SaaS

I’ve been a fan of Joe York since first getting introduced to his SaaS Rules of Thumb mathematics a few years ago. Start with SaaS Metrics Rule-of-Thumb #1 and read all 10 rules. It gets a little deep, but be sure to at least come away with the concepts and relationships. These are must knows around which to build successful software strategies and profitable businesses. If you are familiar with his work, start anywhere in his chaotic-flow blog to continue to reap knowledge from his experience and insight.


It’s Time to Make Smart & Connected Part of Your Strategy

Smart Connected Products are Transforming Competition. So state Porter and Hemplemann in a recent HBR article by that title. And, you don’t have to look far to see the changes around you. Last week, I had a chance to test drive a Tesla and I challenge you to come away with any other conclusion. Upgrade to the latest release of the car’s operating system (yes, you can update it much like an app on your phone) and it will auto pilot itself through traffic following road bends, keeping pace with … Continue Reading >


Gartner’s Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2016

Always interesting and fun to share. Here’s Gartner’s annual prediction of strategic trends shaping technology over next 4 years. They group these into three broad trends: The first three trends address merging the physical and virtual worlds and the emergence of the digital mesh. While organizations focus on digital business today, algorithmic business is emerging. Algorithms — relationships and interconnections — define the future of business. In algorithmic business, much happens in the background in which people are not directly involved. This is enabled by smart machines, which our next … Continue Reading >


Horizon Line Group

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JIT Technologies

Business leaders know that only when improvement solves business problems and creates capabilities that were never before possible is investment justified.  Processes, organization and technology must be aligned with mission and objectives to add real value. JIT Technologies Brings Advanced Capabilities to Business. We are an management consulting firm that specializes in delivering business value. Our experience includes Strategy, Process Improvement and Program Oversight. We approach all our engagements with down-to-earth practical advice. We bring expertise earned through years of experience. We are always learning to discover better ways of … Continue Reading >


The Value of Values

Simple, clear purpose and principles give rise to complex, intelligent behavior. Complex rules and regulations give rise to simple, stupid behavior. Continue Reading >


Agile Elements

Agile is a way of approaching business.  It is about delivering value in everything. It is about always learning and always doing better. It is about creative problem solving. It is about discovery as you go and drawing on experience. It is about having enough savvy to know that no two problems are quite alike and enough experience to confidently explore differences. Agility gives us room to maneuver and grow. It is in that spirit that, Agile Elements is published.


Strategic Context

I’ve used Balanced Score Card (BSC)  and similar approaches for a number of years to organize the elements of and facilitate teams in creating a Strategic Plan. Recently, a CEO suggested he preferred Objectives, goals, strategies and measures (OGSM). No worries, the terms are a little different, but the pieces are similar. I went about mapping the results we had gotten from our BSC facilitation to the OGSM model: This exercise got me a little concerned since the result was missing much of the context in the strategic plan. We … Continue Reading >


Different Metric Types Meet Different Needs

Enterprises should differentiate between different types of metrics and how they are used. Lagging, Leading and Diagnostic measures should be combined to ensure they are supporting long-term objectives while focusing on intermediate and daily activities that make a difference. As a quick reference consider the following table for getting the right mix: Type Definition Review Freq Examples Baseball analogy Lagging Show results and attainment of goals. Typically take time to get outcome. Quarterly, Yearly to Multi- Year • Revenue • Profit • Final Game Score • Win/Loss Record Leading Give … Continue Reading >