Capability based Analysis and Planning

Capability based Analysis and Planning practice - At a Glance

Capability based Analysis and Planning practice - At a Glance

The idea of Capability is versatile and seeing the world, an organisation, community, or product through capability lenses offers insights not found elsewhere.

A capability perspective is first and foremost part of the performance theme of perspectives. It is a perspective that interweave well into performance and investment management as well as benefit and program logic reasoning.

Capability is simple idea: it is a substantial possibility that contributing source factors lead-to a result.

A capability always depends on something. When one knows what Innovation is then one can Manage Innovation. An “Innovation Management Capability” then becomes an important Talking Point about the Capacity to achieve managed innovation Results.

Cautionary note: capabilities should not be used as a substitute for an in-depth understanding of what goes on in an organisation.

The kind of capabilities needed depends on the work being done by someone. Some are interested in achieving outcomes or impacts, some managerial capabilities, some technology enabling capabilities. Everyone in an organisation can use the idea of capability but few need to think and define them to do their work well.

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Capabilities are simple ...

A capability is not a mythical being from an alternative business universe. 

Capability is a simple idea. 

  1. It is something important to talk about and agree on, 
  2. Something that needs Capacity to achieve some Result. 
  3. Maybe something to invest in, to be different and sustain competitive advantage.

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The idea of Capability is applicable everywhere

The work “capability” has been part of natural language for hundreds of years. During this time it has acquired a general common sense and uncountable specific meanings.

In a series of upcoming tweets and posts I intend to illustrated how to ground and reason about different kinds of capabilities. The following example illustrate how to ground and overlay the concept of capability (B) ontop of Michael Porter’s Value chain framework (A).

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A capability always depends of something

A capability always depends on something. When one knows what Innovation is then one can Manage Innovation. An “Innovation Management Capability” then becomes an important Talking Point about the Capacity to achieve managed innovation Results.

Cautionary note: capabilities should not be used as a substitute for an in-depth understanding of what goes on in an organisation.

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