What is Strategy Deployment?
Strategy Deployment was translated from the Japanese term “Hoshin Kanri.” It is loosely translated into “Ho” which means “direction” and “Shin” which means “compass needle.” The second word is separated into two terms of “Kan” which means “control” and “Ri” which means “reason or logic.”
The process was developed by compiling the best practices of companies who competed for the Deming Award in Japan. Strategy Deployment is a tool to help a business define how it must improve its business practices to reach its vision (or North Star). The process is a method of guiding an organization to align its practices so everyone is moving in the same direction, and at the same pace.
Inputs for Strategy Deployment?
Strategy Deployment Requires Three Inputs:
1. What is the desired future state (vision)?
2. Collect the performance data for each key business process
3. Completion of a gap analysis to identify the difference between the current and the future state
Outputs from Strategy Deployment?
Strategy Deployment generates four outputs:
1. Strategic initiatives which are improvements to reach the future state (vision)
2. Identifies the opportunities for improvement (Kaizen) in key business processes
3. Generates feedback and results from key business processes improvements
4. Develops Standard Work or best practices