What are Game Plans

This article introduces the idea of Game Plans and how they help drive focus and clarity for teams.

A Game Plan will outline to the whole organisation what needs to be done to execute against the strategy at a function or team level


Game Plans...
  • provide the context for teams and departments to share how they will contribute to the organization strategy.
  • are transparent - they show everyone the methods used to move towards the shared goals.
  • manage obstacles and dependencies across teams and departments as well as strategic questions
  • can be formulated as part of your function or team’s OKR discussion and vice versa.
  • are living documents for each area of the business and it reflects their current focus.
  • combine the vision, business targets, culture and change targets into one holistic view

How do Game Plans differ from pure OKRs?

Game Plans work in jointly with OKRs and provide…

  • clarity around the context for the team to set better targets.
  • an explicit way of dealing with questions and obstacles that need to be resolved in order to reach the outcomes.
  • the ability to manage the dependencies between different teams
  • the wider context and thinking of the team for others to see.
  • information to see if the strategy and changes have been internalized in a deeper fashion.
  • both culture and business outcomes into a concrete coherent document.

Core Components of a Game Plan

leadership game plan

  • Vision & Purpose - what is our why?
  • Values, Drivers & Principles - how do we want to be seen across the organisation?
  • Obstacles & Dependencies - obstacles and interlocks which may prevent us achieving our goals, optionally business risks as well.
  • OKRs - our short and medium term execution focus.
  • Methods & Plans - how we will execute against our plans
  • What we choose to not focus on - what will we deprioritise?

Game Plans are designed to work for your organisation - so you can add in additional components to help drive your strategy execution.