> A Business
Plan Model for
departments and teams are being asked to produce their own business
plans. This can lead to difficulties as there are few resources
available at the moment that are helpful.
sake of brevity, when I write 'teams' I mean 'teams and departments'.
1 - Develop the
team identity defines who you are as a team and what you do. There
are three key components.
- what the team wants to achieve in the future and what future
tasks have been assigned to it?
- what does the team do and why does it exist?
- what is important about what the team wants to achieve and how
it wants to achieve it?
obviously cannot be considered separately outside of the team's
role within your business or organisation. Therefore you will
need to be clear about the team's role and also align the team's
vision, mission and values with those of the whole business.
2 - Analyse the
external environment comprises two distinct areas for teams. The
first area is the conventional external environment outside the
business, which includes groups such as customers, competitors
second area of the external environment is groups and individuals
within the company but outside the team. This could include:
is important to find out what is going on in both these areas
and how the team needs to react?
3 - Analyse the
internal analysis is concerned both with the past and the future.
On the one hand, it looks at how the team has performed in the
past and what its strengths and weaknesses are.
the other hand, the analysis takes the team's vision and its assigned
tasks and begins to work out how exactly these are going to be
achieved. Very important here is the identification of key success
factors, which define what needs to happen in order to achieve
the team's objectives.
4 - Develop the
team's business plan is nothing without an action plan because,
if there isn't an action plan, little is going to get done. The
action plan will describe who needs to do what by when and what
resources are needed?
5 - Implement the
ensures, not just that everyone knows what they have to do, but
also that they actually do it.
6 - Assess Progress and Adjust the
whole purpose of the internal business plan is to get results.
The aim of Step 6 is to check that the team is getting the results
it wants or whether there's a need to adjust plans.
7 - Review the
six or twelve months, lots will have changed both internally and
externally and the team's existing plan may have become out-of-date.
There will be a need to review it and probably start writing another