Vision, Mission, Strategic Intent, Strategies, Tactics, Recommendations, Roadmap, Action Plan


Vision An aspirational statement of where the organisation desires to be in the future, the direction and ultimate goal of the organisation what it would achieve or accomplish in the future. The vision statement answers the question “Where do we want to go?”, and as such, is purposively directional.
Mission The core purpose and focus of the organisation, which normally remains unchanged within a strategic planning period, whereas strategies and tactics may be altered more often to adapt to the changing circumstances. A mission is different from a vision in that the former is the cause and the latter is the effect; a mission is something to be accomplished whereas a vision is something to be pursued for that accomplishment.
Strategic Intent The critical drivers for the organisation, what the organisation must do (now) in order to achieve its vision and mission. A clarification of vision with specifics for realisation. Strategic intent has a sense of direction, a sense of discovery and a sense of destiny associated with it.
Strategies Strategy is the planning and marshalling of resources for their most efficient and effective use to create a desired future, such as achieving a goal or solution to a problem. Strategies are the statements of individual strategy to be pursued. Also described as (or in terms of) Objectives. Each of the strategies / objectives must satisfy the SMART criteria, in that they must be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound. Various strategies may constitute a “strategic enabler” for a particular strategic intent.
Tactics The specific sets of actions in a scheduled sequence (typically in the near term) to accomplish a strategy. More generally, the art or skill of employing available means to accomplish an end (such as the objective of a strategy).
Recommendations Statements of the appropriate course of action to be taken with respect to a subject.
Roadmap The Roadmap identifies specific strategies and tactics (such as specific technology solutions) in a sequenced arrangement (plan) to achieve organisational goals, taking into consideration dependencies and other factors influencing achievement of ends. The Roadmap constitutes a framework assisting in coordinating future work and development, as well as communicating such work with involved parties.
Action Plan The (communication) document which outlines all the elements of strategic planning for an organisation into a single cohesive plan, defining required action to achieve organisational goals.
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