Alessandro Di Fiore’s provides a brief history of strategic planning trends and makes an argument for a less rigid and more flexible model. He goes on to review how an agile organization needs to balances bottom up input with their strategic goals.
The logic of centralized long-term strategic planning (done once a year at a fixed time) is the antithesis of an organization redesigned around teams who define their own priorities and resources allocation on a weekly basis.
Planning twenty-first century style should be reconceived as agile planning. Agile planning has a number of characteristics:
- frameworks and tools able to deal with a future that will be different;
- the ability to cope with more frequent and dynamic changes;
- the need for quality time to be invested for a true strategic conversation rather than simply being a numbers game;
- resources and funds are available in a flexible way for emerging opportunities.
- Planning Doesn’t Have to Be the Enemy of Agile Alessandro Di Fiore, HBR