The strategic planning step starts form the assessment findings and identifies clear goals, objectives and actions for developing procurement capacities.
Considerations for planning
- Clear ownership and commitment at appropriate levels of the "organisation" (this could be the government in the context of a national procurement system).
- A clear and powerful vision for what the outcome of the transformation will be and communication of that vision including what is required in terms of "new" behaviors and approaches.
- Clear links as to how the transformation relates to the core objectives and key strategic priorities of the "organisation".
- A sense of urgency as to why the transformation initiative should be given serious priority.
- Obstacles to change are addressed.
- Achievement of "quick wins" and attention taken to anchor the change securely in the "organisational" culture as "the way we do things".
- Effective engagement with stakeholders.
- Effective project and risk management for the transformation with clear lines of responsibility and the initiative broken down into manageable steps.
- Effective follow through to completion with adequate resources provided throughout.
Developing the strategic plan should be a flexible process that is a continuation of the assessment exercise and takes the factors above into account.
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