Intrafocus Insight

Do things in the right order!

How many times have you started a strategic planning session with a ‘brain-storm’ to think up a bunch of projects that will form the basis of a three to five year plan? How many times have you been asked by the executive to come up with a...

Stacey Barr Reviews Intrafocus e-Book

Press Release – Intrafocus e-Book is positively reviewed by Stacey Barr. The Intrafocus e-Book Developing Meaningful KPIs has been given a four star review by Stacey Barr, world renowned performance measure specialist. Intrafocus has re-published its e-Book...

Take Control of Your KPIs

We like to measure things. In business we are very familiar with the phrase “You can’t manage what you can’t measure”. Interestingly this phase is often wrongly attributed to W. E. Demming, ironically, what he actually said was “It is wrong...

5 Reasons to Automate KPI Management

Businesses usually review progress through monthly reporting. Within a typical monthly report will be a set of slides and/or spreadsheets that purport to contain all of the information required to make decisions for the following month(s)....

Should I use a Metric or KPI?

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any name would smell as sweet”. The central quote from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet that encapsulates the entire story. Juliet Capulet meets and falls in love with Romeo Montague. Their romance...

Intrafocus Showcased in the Guardian Online

The following article appearing in the Guardian Online last week: "Intrafocus specialises in on-line software so our PR and marketing approach focuses on the on-line community. For us this has always been a golden rule: target PR and marketing towards the area of...

What are Performance Thresholds?

A Key Performance Indicator has limited value unless it can be compared to something. There may be some value as a record of change over time; however, unless it is known what sort of change is required, even this has little value. A KPI without a comparator can be...

What is an XmR Chart?

XmR Charts fall under the category of control charts used to monitor industrial or business processes. The X stands for ‘Individual’. In an industrial process this may be a quality of an item produced (or a batch of items). For example the quality of a ball bearing....

Software for Strategy Management

In a recent survey looking at scorecard usage it was discovered that 68% of the responders were using spreadsheets and 11% using free form documents to manage their scorecards. Only 19% were using dedicated software. When it comes to managing strategy and business...

Intrafocus Launches a New Website

Press Release: Intrafocus has completely re-designed its website and provided even more free resources for anyone interested in business performance and strategy management. Intrafocus, providers of business performance and strategy management...

What is a Strategy Canvas?

In 2005 W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne published the Blue Ocean Strategy which with over one million copies sold has become a ‘must-read’ book for anyone involved in creating strategies for business. Its basic tenant is that lasting success...

Why not ask your customers?

How can you be sure your strategy has worked? Why not ask your customers? This may seem fairly obvious but in reality we find that it is one of the last things we actually do. We spend a huge amount of time looking at how well we execute our...

Focus less and succeed

You must eat, sleep and breathe your work to succeed. How often have we heard this mantra? There are many cases of people who have ‘focused’ and succeeded. However, for many people the more they focus, the more they get bogged down in the...

Strategy Execution Conference

Press Release: Intrafocus was delighted to speak at the first Strategy Execution conference held by its partners Spider Strategies and the Balanced Scorecard Institute. Intrafocus, who holds the unique position of partnering with both Spider Strategies Inc. and The...

Strategic Planning Has Changed

Over the past three months or so Intrafocus Insight has looked at the strategic planning process with reference to the Balanced Scorecard Institute’s Nine Steps to Success™. It is worth stepping back to look at the fundamentals of the...

A More Beautiful Question

“Yes we are all hungry for answers. But first we have to learn how to ask the right questions.” Says Warren Berger about his latest book, A More Beautiful Question. Berger is an author and journalist who has spent the best part of his career...

Step 9 – Evaluation

Nine Steps to Success™ – Step 9 Evaluation Evaluation is the Ninth step of the Balanced Scorecard Institutes framework for strategic planning and management, the Nine Steps to Success™. One of the key differences between the Balanced...

Step 8 – Alignment

Nine Steps to Success™ – Step 8 Alignment Alignment is the eighth step of the Balanced Scorecard Institutes framework for strategic planning and management, the Nine Steps to Success™. The importance of strategic alignment cannot be...

Step 7 – Performance Analysis

Nine Steps to Success™ – Step 7 Performance Analysis Performance Analysis is the seventh step of the Balanced Scorecard Institutes framework for strategic planning and management, the Nine Steps to Success™. It is at this point in the...

Step 6 – Strategic Initiatives

Nine Steps to Success™ – Step 6 Strategic Initiatives Strategic Initiative is the sixth step of the Balanced Scorecard Institutes framework for strategic planning and management, the Nine Steps to Success™. At the end of the day it is the...

Step 5 – Performance Measures

Nine Steps to Success™ – Step 5 Performance Measures Performance Measure is the fifth step of the Balanced Scorecard Institutes framework for strategic planning and management, the Nine Steps to Success™. In business, government and...

Step 4 – Strategy Maps

Nine Steps to Success™ – Step 4 Strategy Maps Strategy Map is the fourth step of the Balanced Scorecard Institutes framework for strategic planning and management, the Nine Steps to Success™. There are two primary purposes for a Strategy...

Step 3 – Strategic Objectives

Nine Steps to Success™ – Part 3 Strategic Objectives Strategic Objectives is the third step of the Balanced Scorecard Institutes framework for strategic planning and management, the Nine Steps to Success™. It has to be made clear from the...

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