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Quickly Getting Started With the 'Problem Definition' Approach for Strategic Analysis in Government

Published: 19 February 2013

ID: G00249401

Analyst(s): Jerry Mechling, Steve Bittinger


In government settings where conflicts, complexity or uncertainty may take too long to resolve via a full strategic analysis, CIOs can gain authority and build momentum by beginning with a "problem definition" stage in the strategy development process.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Get the Right Stakeholders Engaged in Defining the Problem
  • Scope the Business Case Briefly, Using Metrics Where Possible
  • Identify Important Alternatives, Objectives and Trade-Offs
  • Monitor and Assess External Developments
  • Identify Issues Requiring Early Resolution
  • Make Smart Choices About Next-Step Experiments and Adaptation
  • Bottom Line: Strategic Success Requires Agile Analysis and Decision Making

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