The OODA loop (Observe, Orient, Decide, Act) is a strategic framework for decision making. It was a concept developed by USAF Colonel John Boyd, and was first presented in his briefing “Destruction and Creation”. We use it in our consultancy practice to assess whether an organisation has in place the appropriate frameworks (how they think about things) and methods (how they do things) to guide their decision making. It is used as a decision making troubleshooting tool.
We developed a framework called the governance cube a few years ago to help multi disciplinary teams build a common understanding of government systems. It looks at government systems as having 3 dimensions. These dimensions are:
Governance Domain: these are the places where constraints can be imposed on a system to influence the behaviour of the entities operating within it;
Governance Functions: these are the tasks that are carried out by governments to ensure the entities adhere to the rules;
Governed Entities: these are the entities whose behaviour we are trying to govern.
Over the last few years we’ve spent time modifying the Business Model Canvas for use in the design and development of government systems. For those of you unfamiliar with the Business Model Canvas it is a strategic management tool that creates a shared language for describing, visualizing and assessing business models. The principles used by the Business Model Canvas provide a useful framework for government ICT projects which are notorious for high rates of failure with reports of 70%-80% rates of failure. However the Business Model Canvas was developed for the needs of business. We have spent several years modifying and battle testing the Government Business Model Canvas for use in the government context.
IT Strategy frameworks are tools that help structure IT practitioners think through actions and investments into information technologies to accomplish specific objectives. They are used to analyze problems and develop strategies, tactics and specific actions to take to resolving these issues. The following frameworks are the key frameworks that we use to think through from … Read more
Before developing an IT Strategy you need to conduct a situational analysis of the the current landscape. An IT situational analysis involves understanding the current technological landscape and mapping out the value chains that will be required for delivering on the strategy.
When working with clients we help them to do this using a technique called wardley mapping.