Definition: Strategy Deployment is a process that aligns and links business strategy and execution. It is a management system that evolved from Toyota (where the system/process was referred to as Hoshin Kanri or Policy Deployment).
Benefits: Strategy Deployment helps to ensure company-wide initiatives including lean/6-sigma efforts yield strategic results versus just “great kaizens or great project results” while driving accountability and commitment. The process links employee’s performance with pay/compensation and typically enables prioritization so that some “to dos” are eliminated from employees’ focus.
Approach: The X-matrix is used to develop initiatives and cascade metrics/goals downward in the organization starting with the executive team and ensuring aligment through catchball (a participative approach to decision-making where ideas and metrics are exchanged vertically and horizontally in an organization to drive alignment).