Strategy Board on PepperSlice

The PepperSlice Strategy Board type is an easy way to show how strategic outcomes map to influential factors, with supporting evidence one click away. Oftentimes people create diagrams or maps to illustrate a strategy: Typically these show primary goals, along with factors that influence the desired outcomes. In PepperSlice, you can do something similar, but with an important distinction: The evidence establishing each relationship is rigorously identified.

Here’s how it works. As shown in the simple example above, the Strategy diagram illustrates relationships such as the connection between employee development and the goal of business growth. The various factors ultimately connect to one or more fundamental strategic objectives (business growth in this illustration).

Slicer tip: Do you prefer a simple graph of the data? Use the Evidence Graph Board type instead.

View the evidence underlying any particular relationship by clicking on the line. This example shows how employee development is being connected to business growth. The idea is to give people a way to build an evidence-based strategy that is transparent to all stakeholders.


Strategy diagram with evidence in PepperSlice


Steps for creating a Strategy Board:

-Select Strategy as the Board type for a new or existing Board. Optional: Label one or more of the four sections that will display on your Strategy diagram. 

-Create or locate Slices that describe factors influencing your organization’s strategic outcomes. Pin those Slices to your Strategy Board.

-The Strategy diagram will display automatically. Drag individual nodes to the desired position; the layout you specify will autosave.

Slicer tip: Node labels correspond to the ‘Relationship’ labels that are entered when each Slice is created. For example, the employee development Slice specifies this Relationship: employee development ➞ increase ➞ business growth, so those two factors appear as the associated node labels on the Strategy diagram.

View this example Board in PepperSlice (‘Managers can influence several factors essential to growth’).

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