2006 Game Plan - Strategic Management System

Wednesday July 12, 2006

The Army Strategic Management System (SMS) provides the senior Army leadership with an enterprise-wide strategic performance management system. It will translate the Army's strategy into actionable programs and initiatives. SMS provides the automated environment to assess performance and manage resource allocation for the attainment of our strategic objectives.

Senior leaders at each organizational level can use SMS to assess and manage their efforts in support of our strategy, as well as their own organization's performance. The one-page automated Strategy Map provides the framework to synchronize efforts and focus leaders on organizational performance.

The system, now in development, will:
- Provide leaders with a visual status (green/amber/red) of progress in achieving the objectives of The Army Plan;
- Enable senior leaders to assess and discuss performance through triannual reviews (the first review was held in May-June 2006);
- Measure data that, in almost all cases, we are already collecting (not a new report);
- Eliminate wasteful, redundant reports; and,
- Focus activity, improve performance, and reinforce accountability across our Army.

SMS provides an automated environment to:
- Delineate subordinate initiatives and their associated critical tasks that we must resource and measure in order to assess attainment of our strategic initiatives;
- Establish useful performance measures that enhance efficiency through continual process improvement;
- Respond to changing requirements by facilitating strategic performance reviews that enable reallocation of increasingly scarce resources and modification of cost, performance, or schedule objectives, if required; and,
- Leverage predictive technology to more accurately forecast the outcome of strategic decisions.

See the 2006 Game Plan for more information.


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