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Dan Grijzenhout, Instructor - Corporate Planning and the Strategic Planning Framework

Dan Grijzenhout

Is an online business and marketing Instructor with 9 published books. He has 35 years enterprise systems delivery experience including Internet, mobile/web & telecommunications large projects. He worked for large enterprises like: JP Morgan Chase; Air Canada & WestJet; Gateway; E&J Gallo Wines; TRW; USAF; Blue Cross & Blue Shield; 3M HIS; Nextel; Tong Yang Insurance; MCI; NYPD; and more.

Instructor: Dan Grijzenhout

The High Level Strategic Planning Workshop and Current Systems Assessment

  • Facilitate a business strategic planning workshop.
  • Understand what goes into and how to construct a corporate mission statement.
  • Learn what goes into a statement of work and how to develop a business case.

Course Description

The setting for this course is a High Level Business Design Workshop attended by corporate executives and facilitated by a professional. Through this "Strategic Planning" workshop setting, participants get involved to first answer questions and then work collectively to build the corporate mission statement and identify industry forces that affect the business enterprise resulting ultimately in the formation of business strategies. This is an overview course describing how this work is done at the highest levels of a corporation. Part Two of the class uses the above information gathered and defined and uses it to issue questionnaires and complete a Current Systems Assessment of the corporation. Putting the two above sections together allows a corporation to identify "business and information systems gaps" that can then being to be addressed through strategic planning and project planning exercises, commencing with formal "Statements of Work" packages and "Business Cases" for initiatives; both of which are described in overview in this course. So if this sort of work interests you, come aboard - you will get some great insights and usable templates and examples from this course. Best wishes, - Dan Grijzenhout

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Facilitate a business strategic planning workshop; understand what goes into and how to construct a corporate mission statement.
  • Learn what goes into a Statement of Work and how to develop a business case.
  • Learn the Strategic Planning Framework and the steps involved in Strategic Corporate Planning.

Prerequisites and Target Audience

What will students need to know or do before starting this course?

To get the most value from this course, you should be working in a corporate, business environment.

Who should take this course? Who should not?

This course targets those wishing to become professional management and/or I.T. consultants and is useful to those involved in corporate business and/or I.T. planning.


Module 1: Introduction and Overview to Corporate Strategic Planning

Lecture 1 Introduction and Overview to Corporate Strategic Planning
Lecture 2 Strategic Planning Framework

This lecture lays out the various components of the total project work to be completed. It is designed to give the student an overview understanding of the full strategic planning project methodology that I have used successfully on numerous projects in my consulting career. The "pyramid" pictorial image you will view in one of the first slides to be presented is an image that you will find particularly useful to show to potential clients you are trying to secure consulting engagements with - so be sure to download it for use with your own "consulting toolkit" that I hope you will be building as you go along.

Lecture 3 High Level Business Design Workshop - Mission Statement

Mission Statement analysis and.or construction is the first task completed during a High Level Business Design Workshop - and most strategic planning engagements. Part of the "Top Down" consulting general methodology, this task when completed gives the full team an overview of the target vision for the corporation and what would be considered to be in scope and out of scope for drilled down strategic planning efforts. A Mission Statement defines what the corporation is all about - what it is trying to achieve. So give this task importance in your engagement work efforts.

Lecture 4 HLBDW-Part 2: Business Drivers, Industry Forces and Entry Barriers

Within this lecture, I walk the student through a High Level Design workshop with client personnel attendees where Business Drivers such as Industry Forces, corporate strengths and weaknesses, competitor and supply chain pressures, stakeholder interests and Government regulations are discussed with a view to identifying "gaps to desired states" and then developing business strategies to address the Gaps.

Module 2: Strategic Planning Process Model Templates

Lecture 5 An Overview to the Strategic Planning Process

This video walks the student through a template set of steps that corporations go through during a strategic planning exercise. This is a tried and tested approach to doing this work and this "Flow" diagram of steps can be useful to you the consultant in proposals you write for services to be rendered.

Lecture 6 Initial Statement of Work Development

This presentation walks the student through the different components that comprise a "Statement of Work" (SOW) deliverable document.

Lecture 7 Building a Business Case

Do you want to learn how to build a good "Business Case" for an initiative or project you wish to take? Then watch this video to learn what goes into the development of one.

Module 3: Current System Assessment Questionnaires and Analysis

Lecture 8 Workshop Schedule Template
Lecture 9 Business Content Questionnaire - Applications Sold and Supported
Lecture 10 Technical Support Questionnaire
Lecture 11 Application and Process Assessments
Lecture 12 End User Questionnaire
Lecture 13 Business Unit -Application Current Metrics
Lecture 14 Assignment: Create a Mission Statement for Your Corporation

Define a Mission Statement for your business if you have not built one as yet for it. If your business already has a Mission Statement, analyze it to see if it contains all that it should and that it still reflects what your corporation actually does.