Crowd-Sourced Planning

A single perspective is meaningful, but many provide a vivid picture of success

Do you know the best way to guess the weight of a bull? Ask 800 people and take the average; you’ll be spot on. This famous experiment demonstrates the value of crowd-sourcing for guessing the weight of a bull, but can it be translated to organizational planning? If so, how do we capture desired changes from the organization and display them in a meaningful way that can be easily understood by the various business units?

For the best results, organizational planning must be driven by fusing many perspectives into a single understanding of the situation. Much like an MRI machine we capture needed changes and best practices from throughout the body of the company and translate that data into a common picture of what we need to be successful. Our dynamic method and application accomplishes just that. The common picture shows how everything fits together and makes the path forward shockingly apparent.

  • lassp

    Harness the collective wisdom of your organization to gain a better understanding of your situation

  • path

    Develop and define key focus areas to establish a logical path forward

  • language

    Translate feedback into a common language and picture that is easily understood by everyone

  • buy in

    Gain initial buy-in by getting key stakeholders involved immediately

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Project Prioritization

Prioritize for immediate impact and long-term momentum

Have you ever been to a carnival and noticed people playing the whack-a-mole game? Despite their best attempts players are unable to keep the moles down. They continue to pop-up in greater numbers at a faster pace. Often this same approach is taken with project prioritization, selecting projects to address the symptoms that keep popping up. If we only knock down the symptoms, the problem is likely to return. However, if we are able to flip the game over and see how the moles are connected to one another, we can logically plan our moves to keep the moles down for good.

Taking this same approach to project prioritization is a simple concept. Our potential projects are likely intended to implement some change in the organization. By identifying how all of these changes are connected, we can unravel the linkage, find the logical sequence for implementing these changes, and prioritize the projects accordingly. This is the core approach, but if you are looking for more, risk analysis, financial analysis, and resource planning are available to supplement the conversation.

  • prioritize

    Prioritize projects for immediate impact and to generate long-term momentum for change

  • buy in

    Gain stakeholder buy-in by visually showing how and when their concerns are addressed

  • on the fly

    Identify resource issues and the financial impacts of various scenarios on the fly

  • connected

    Drive prioritization from a firm understanding of how the required changes across the organization are connected

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Business Case Development

Quick and simple analysis so your journey doesn’t leave you underwater

Executing a portfolio without understanding the financial impact is like sailing with a hole in your boat; you may make it to shore or you could quickly find yourself underwater. Before you embark on your journey, it’s better to check for holes to make sure you can execute the voyage without taking on too much water. The same is true with understanding the financial impact of your portfolio. We need to make sure we have a sound vessel to complete the voyage.

The tricky part is getting the analysis results we need without investing too much time. We make this as easy as checking for a hole in a boat. Answer four simple questions and receive a comprehensive analysis to make sure the project or portfolio has a sound financial outlook. When the inevitable storm roles in and conditions change, a few clicks of the mouse will update the forecast for the new scenario. This is achieved in a visual manner without the need of lengthy spreadsheets or confusing formulas, putting the power of an MBA at your fingertips. Sail to your destination with ease and without the worry that your ship won’t make it to shore.

  • formula

    Answer four intuitive questions to develop comprehensive business cases, eliminating cumbersome spreadsheets and complicated formulas

  • outcome

    Understand the financial impact of your portfolio to ensure that you achieve desired results

  • compare

    Gain buy-in from key financial stakeholders by visually demonstrating the cost / benefit analysis of your portfolio

  • adjust

    Quickly adjust to changing conditions with real-time cost benefit analysis

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Resource Planning

Prepare for success with a full team

A lack of resources is much like a football team missing their defense: they may be able to score a few points but they aren’t going to win the game. This concept is also true for project execution. Without an understanding of what resources are needed and effective scheduling, the chances of a project or the entire portfolio succeeding is unlikely.

The ability to analyze the resources needed for individual projects and across the portfolio is critical for success. To ensure projects are properly resourced we need to effortlessly detect and solve conflicts, as well as show resource requirements for each function. But what if initiatives change or budgets are cut? We have your back with the ability to adjust on the fly and recalculate to be certain even in ever-changing conditions. Don’t play without a defense; ensure you have the resources you need to achieve success.

  • dashboard

    Know the resource impacts of different scenarios instantly using an interactive dashboard

  • close gaps

    Identify and close current resource gaps to make sure the portfolio is executable

  • resources

    Easily add and see the resources required to complete each project

  • changes

    Adapt to changing conditions in real time, ensuring the most critical projects are always resourced

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Roadmap Generation

Don’t get lost, use turn-by-turn directions

Not all roadmaps are created equal. Think back to the paper maps you carried in your glove box. They were difficult to interpret and left you guessing the fastest route to your destination. Now fast-forward to the modern GPS. Turn-by-turn directions help you find the fastest route, navigate around changing conditions and will reroute after a wrong turn. Is the same intuitive approach available for organizational planning?

A roadmap must have the ability to transparently and logically define where we are going, determine if the journey is possible, and display the final outcomes of success. This includes: an understanding of what projects and initiatives should be addressed first based on their dependencies and impact, an understanding of resource needs, and a demonstrated financial impact to the organization. But having all of this is not enough, conditions change and we must quickly recalculate. Our application and method allow projects to be shifted and produces real time updates to finances and resources. Instead of getting lost, bring your LeverSource GPS for turn-by-turn directions to success.

  • path to success

    Define a path to success by satisfying dependencies and executing projects based on their impact and ability to build momentum for change

  • barrier

    Remove barriers to execution with a firm understanding of resource constraints and financial impact

  • visual

    Gain support through a visual and interactive demonstration of when and why a project should be completed

  • portfolio

    Adjust for changes in real time, keeping your portfolio current and relevant to organizational priorities

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