CADDManager on January 5th, 2011
This entry is part 2 of 14 in the series Strategic Planning

Without a Strategic Plan…

What would you see as the impact of operating without a Strategic Plan?  If there is not much impact, then why bother with the whole effort?  Let’s look at what your processes and progress will look like with9out a Plan in place.

  • Your budgets will be difficult to get approved because each line item will not tie to another.  They will just be scattered acquisitions that seem to be going nowhere.
  • You cannot get people to agree that a CAD Standard is valuable because, if left out of the planning, this perspective is not woven through everything you do.
  • There are teams of people who ignore your advice because they do not share the same end goal as you.  They think your perspective is just another in the mix of scattered opinions that the firm has.
  • Things are getting worse rather than getting better because random acts of Involuntary CAD Slaughter can not be controlled.
  • Random silos of technology are competing for attention and you have no way of shouting over the noise.

With a Strategic Plan…

If you have taken the time to develop a written Strategic Plan then you will have begun the unification process of getting everyone on the same page.  Here is what is more likely to happen if you have a plan in place.

  • You increase your credibility with the business leaders because they see you as a peer in their process of getting the firm going in the right direction.
  • You gain closer alignment between CAD and business objectives because you have included their goals as a target for yours.
  • You improved teamwork between CAD and internal business partners like design and production.
  • Your efforts are easily visible to others because they appear as firm wide successes.  You have outlined what you will be doing and how you are going to get there.  When you succeed – everyone knows it.
  • The environment is supported and infused with budget line items because of the achievement of company goals.  Once you get some momentum going, success breed more success.
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