Strategic Programs: Planning and Execution

Strategic Programs: Planning and Execution

DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2512-9.ch008

Abstract

This chapter explains the theory behind and the practice of strategic program planning and program management. The authors first describe two contrasting approaches to IT strategic planning, namely: the Cassidy Model and the Spewak Enterprise Architecture Planning (EAP) methodology. The authors then describe the principles and methods for enterprise architecture-driven strategic planning and the related IT project portfolio management principles. They conclude the chapter by explaining the basic principles of product/service portfolio strategic planning by describing a couple of recent approaches in the literature.
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Cassidy Strategic Planning Model

The Cassidy (2006) Model for strategic planning starts with identifying the future target and current states of the enterprise, assessing the IT gap between these two states, and determining the path (roadmap) or IT strategic (program) plan to get from the current state to the future target state.

Cassidy (2006) Strategic Planning Model comprises four phases, as shown in Figure 1. The four phases start from business vision and ends with recommendations for the IT strategic program plan or roadmap for realizing the business vision.

Figure 1.

Cassidy (2006) strategic planning model

The Cassidy model is summarized below (Cassidy, 2006):

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