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Scenario Planning Example

Scenario Planning Example

Scenario Planning Template

Scenario Planning Template

Strategy Map Template

Strategy Map Template

Scenario Matrix

Scenario Matrix

Product Development Life Cycle Template

Product Development Life Cycle Template

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Guide and Best Practices

Scenario planning is a widely used strategic planning tool. It is also referred to as scenario analysis and scenario thinking. It is used by organizations as a tool to visualize possible future events and conditions that may affect them and take precautionary measures to control the impact.

Scenario planning process

  • Gather a competent team for the brainstorming session. Clarify the purpose of the session and define the focal issue that will be the focus. You can use a brainstorming template to capture the ideas.
  • Identify both obvious factors such as resources and customer demand, and less obvious factors such as new competitors and products, that could have an effect on the focal issue.
  • Then move on to analyzing external forces that may affect the business decision you want to make. These may include political, economical, social and technological factors. A PEST analysis is an ideal tool for this step.
  • Prioritize the key factors and external forces that may affect the decision by ranking them based on their importance and uncertainty.
  • Using a scenario matrix, you can identify the factor/s that is most important to the focal issue.
  • Discuss and figure out the impact of each of the scenarios. Reconsider your strategy and set goals and clarify your mission based on the scenarios you have identified.
  • Invite others in your team and other stakeholders to participate in scenario planning with Creately real-time collaboration. They can review and add comments to your diagrams to let you know of their opinion.
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