More Environmental Scanning Techniques and Templates

SWOT Analysis for Environmental Analysis

SWOT Analysis for Environmental Analysis

Strategy Map for Workforce Improvement

Strategy Map for Workforce Improvement

External Environment Analysis

External Environment Analysis

Environment Analysis

Environment Analysis

PESTLE Analysis Example

PESTLE Analysis Example

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Guide and Best Practices

Environmental scanning is the process of carefully examining the internal and external environments of an organization to detect threats and opportunities that may affect its future direction.

Environmental Scanning Process

  • Identify who should be involved in the environmental scanning. Create a competent team of employees and assign them relevant responsibilities.
  • Start scanning the relevant areas, using environmental scanning techniques like SWOT analysis, PESTLE analysis, interviews, surveys, focus groups, market research etc.
  • Weed out the unnecessary information and organize the relevant findings. You can make use of an affinity diagram to quickly categorize the data.
  • You can invite anyone including remote team members to contribute to your diagrams using the Creately real-time collaboration features.
  • Together with your team, analyze the data you have gathered and organized. Pay attention to the information that can have a direct impact on decision-making and strategic planning. Also identify specific trends.
  • Once you have identified the trends, you can prioritize which ones to first act upon with the help of team heads and process owners.
  • Invite stakeholders and other departmental heads to review your PESTLE or SWOT analysis with a secure diagram share link. They can add comments on diagram elements to share their opinions.
  • Create an action plan to apply changes and measure the results. Continue to scan your environment and keep an eye out for new trends that could occur.

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Stakeholder Analysis

Stakeholder Analysis

Ansoff Matrix Examples

Ansoff Matrix Examples

Affinity Diagram Template for a Meeting

Affinity Diagram Template for a Meeting

PESTLE Analysis

PESTLE Analysis

Strategy Plan Process Map

Strategy Plan Process Map

Force Field Analysis Template

Force Field Analysis Template