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Validating strategies for programme success workshops, 9th and 11th November 2015

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Validating strategies for programme success

Monday 9th November 2015, Epsom
Wednesday 11th November 2015, Birmingham

The workshop write up will be published here shortly.

Dr. Phil Driver recently spoke on the topic of ‘How can sponsors and SROs be sure that there projects or programmes will actually create business value?’ via video link at the APM Benefits Summit during the executive briefing.

Phil argued that;
“Most strategies (90%) have minimal or no impact. Why? Because most so-called strategies:

  1. aren’t actually strategies
  2. cannot be understood by the majority of stakeholders. A major problem in most cases is the ‘linguistics’ of the strategies.”

The OpenStrategies system makes strategy words and statements meaningful. It does this by introducing; logic, discipline, and clear standards to the language of strategy.

Getting strategy right is key to achieving a shared understanding of business problems. In short, OpenStrategies significantly increases the chances of project or programme success.

Session Focus
The introductory session this week focussed on the interface between strategy and project/programme management. Participants had their own small strategic issues and during the course they were transferred into relevant and effective ‘sub-strategies’.

Introductory modules include:

  • why many strategies fail
  • what organisations actually do
  • strategy linguistics: taxonomy, syntax and semantics
  • the crucial importance of understanding ‘uses’
  • creating and validating sub-strategies

Workshop presentation


The workshop was sponsored by:



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