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The strategy is described in the Define phase and is used to build the specific requirements we will deliver in the solution. The requirements are prioritised and, one by one, converted into a series of stories. These stories develop into the emerging solution. We will constantly align our strategy as the emerging solution progresses by assessment with the business and by the use of Tracer. Tracer is an alignment technique described elsewhere in the Toolkit. If we did not understand and describe our strategy in the first place or manage it as the project progresses we would be very swiftly out of alignment and delivering off-target outcomes. This is not the objective of our agile approach and is a route we avoid.

As the project progresses the responsibility for alignment to strategy is firmly with a business team representative. Your project manager may be called in to help uncover a deeper grasp of some concepts but the buck stops with the business to ensure the strategy is the target. A strategy does not appear from fresh air so we will assume a little work to derive, refine and define it. Add this to your estimate for the Define stage and let us get underway.

A strategy is an important sounding word, certainly. It is often heard when we discuss big corporate organisations and governments. The word sounds big and complex but in essence it is very straightforward. A strategy is a plan. It is a plan that defines your business goals and when those goals will be derived. Therefore it describes the project at a high level. For many years the business case was the document that steadfastly described the overall strategic objectives of a project and gradually this is changing.



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