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Conducting an Assessment

By Richard Brennan  |  Posted 2009-11-11 Print this article Print

If your IT strategy is underperforming, try focusing on capabilities that can help you execute that strategy.

Conducting an Assessment

Following are the steps involved in conducting a capabilities assessment:

1. Identify the business strategy against which you will be assessing the capabilities. The strategy points out which capabilities to improve, acquire and simply maintain.

2. Develop the framework. Starting with these capabilities, adapt and add to the list to develop a tailor-made technical capabilities framework.

3. Gather input from multiple groups on the current and desired capabilities. This can be done in a number of ways, including surveying company-wide or constituentwide leadership teams.

4. Identify the most critical capabilities requiring attention. Focus attention on no more than three technical capabilities that are required to deliver on strategy goals.

5. Create the strategy. Identify core projects and initiatives to develop, acquire or maintain the identified capabilities. It’s essential to assign responsibilities and measure their impact.

Richard Brennan is a managing director in Tipperary Partners, a Denver-based technology strategy and advisory firm.
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