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A introduction to our strategic wargaming for business and strategic red teaming products

A introduction to our strategic wargaming for business and strategic red teaming products

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  • 1. An introduction to …… Strategic Wargaming for Business “Execution excellence through disciplined rehearsal” © Strategic Red Team Consulting All Rights Reserved
  • 2. Recently showcased at Deloitte’s 50 Best Managed Companies © Strategic Red Team Consulting All Rights Reserved
  • 3. If you are in an adversarial and competitive business environment, how do you evaluate the various courses of action open to you? How do you know whether your strategy is truly comprehensive, integrated, adaptive and networked? © Strategic Red Team Consulting All Rights Reserved 3
  • 4. How do you test your plans before you execute them? How do you test your decision support structures? How do you put your plan under realistic stress before execution? © Strategic Red Team Consulting All Rights Reserved 4
  • 5. How do you establish, align and integrate your corporate authorities, responsibilities and accountabilities? Are they aligned with the actual decisions that need to be made? Who plays the role of your adversary, your competition, or your clients? Who is your BAD GUY? © Strategic Red Team Consulting All Rights Reserved 5
  • 6. How is the feedback presented to your executive leadership prior to execution? What separates a great plan from a self-fulfilling prophecy, or….. a self-licking ice-cream cone? © Strategic Red Team Consulting All Rights Reserved 6
  • 7. How are your requirements for Disciplined Testing, Refinement, Rehearsal & Execution different than those of the military? Short Answer: they’re not. © Strategic Red Team Consulting All Rights Reserved 7
  • 8. In business, as in battle, INTELLIGENCE, STRATEGY, PLANNING, DECISION MAKING and EXECUTION, are HUMAN ACTIVITIES and the truest test of those things can only be accomplished with human beings in the loop. Tracing a Gantt Chart or doing the Six Sigma street dance is a poor substitute. © Strategic Red Team Consulting All Rights Reserved 8
  • 9. The best way to rehearse is if the players that are testing the plan are the very people that will eventually have to make critical decisions in the execution of the plan. ….and do it in a way that ensures your decision support SIMULATION ……. promotes decision support STIMULATION © Strategic Red Team Consulting All Rights Reserved 9
  • 10. Simply, we wargamed every course of action before committing to a preferred strategy or plan. © Strategic Red Team Consulting All Rights Reserved 10
  • 11. We rehearsed by wargaming any and all commanders that had to make decisions in the execution, or synchronization of that plan. © Strategic Red Team Consulting All Rights Reserved 11
  • 12. We rehearsed by wargaming the actions of a realistic adversary in a realistic operational environment. © Strategic Red Team Consulting All Rights Reserved 12
  • 13. We wargamed in a cooperative leadership and learning environment that believed that sweat and tears in a wargame were preferable to blood and tears on the battlefield. © Strategic Red Team Consulting All Rights Reserved 13
  • 14. So, what’s the equivalent of blood, sweat and tears on your corporate battlefield? © Strategic Red Team Consulting All Rights Reserved 14
  • 15. Wargame Hindsight becomes Business Foresight © Strategic Red Team Consulting All Rights Reserved 15
  • 16. Wargames are real-time, actionreaction, role-playing workshops that pit your key real-life decision makers and managers (Blue Team) … ….against real-time competitive adversaries (Red Team)…. …and disciplined by an executive level White team. © Strategic Red Team Consulting All Rights Reserved 16
  • 17. • Step 1: Leadership Engagement & Planning • Step 2: Wargame Design • Step 3: Wargame Preparation & Stage Setting • Step 4: Conducting the Wargame • Step 5: After Action Review • Step 6: Disseminating the Results and Taking Action The most important element of Wargaming is not the tool used, but the people who participate. © Strategic Red Team Consulting All Rights Reserved 17
  • 18. Wargaming is a methodological discipline to test your plans that is also designed to promote: • risk mitigation, • innovation, • mechanisms of discovery for leadership, • mechanisms of voice for your teams • real-time organizational learning for all. © Strategic Red Team Consulting All Rights Reserved 18
  • 19. The aim of wargaming is to ensure continuous improvement in your ability to compete and win on your corporate battlefield. The most important element of Wargaming is not the tool used, but the people who participate. © Strategic Red Team Consulting All Rights Reserved 19
  • 20. Wargaming is a conscious attempt to visualize the flow of business operations, given joint strengths, weaknesses, dispositions, capabilities and possible courses of actions available to business actors in a given business sector and environment. ……and it’s the best way of getting into your competitor’s head, their decision cycle, their OODA loop. © Strategic Red Team Consulting All Rights Reserved 20
  • 21. Wargaming is a disciplined role playing activity where key actors react to critical events using an action / reaction / counteraction method of friendly and competitor interaction. Each step in the execution of the plan or strategy is examined in the following detail: • Action • Reaction • Counteraction • Observations • Record • Review • Learning © Strategic Red Team Consulting All Rights Reserved 21
  • 22. Your corporate leadership, strategy, plan and business environment are the foundations to preparing, designing and executing your Wargame. Mission Analysis Constraints Vision Restraints Assumptions © Strategic Red Team Consulting All Rights Reserved If there’s a problem with any of these, the wargame will show it. 22
  • 23. Every event is tested against a competitive reality. Action Reaction Action Counteraction Reaction Observations Action Counteraction Record Reaction Observations Review Action Counteraction Record Learning Reaction Observations Review Counteraction Record Learning Observations Review Record Learning Review Learning © Strategic Red Team Consulting All Rights Reserved 23
  • 24. After Action Reviews (AARs) are a LEADERSHIP responsibility and are conducted by your corporate leadership, facilitated by the White Team Lead and supported by the Blue and Red Leads. • They are inclusive but disciplined. • Must be constructive and detailed. • Egos are left at the door. • Lever innovation by posing “what if” questions. © Strategic Red Team Consulting All Rights Reserved 24
  • 25. • Scale? • Scope? • Focus? • Method? Wargaming is a HUMAN activity – the SIMULATION must provide STIMULATION © Strategic Red Team Consulting All Rights Reserved 25
  • 26. There are 3 fundamental types of Wargames: • The Course of Action (COA) Wargame • The Rehearsal Wargame • The Red Team Exercise © Strategic Red Team Consulting All Rights Reserved 26
  • 27. • These are a series of two of more sequential and comparable wargames involving the same conditions, actors and weighting criteria to determine the most viable options available in terms of risk, execution, pay off, etc. • • This is a decision support tool for senior executives to recommend a distinct plan of action to corporate leadership. Red & Blue players are normally drawn from the extant pool of executives normally involved in your company’s strategic and operational planning process. © Strategic Red Team Consulting All Rights Reserved 27
  • 28. Rehearsal Wargaming • A Rehearsal Wargame is a comprehensive exercise to test a single accepted plan prior to its execution. • • The BLUE TEAM involves all senior executives who must make decisions and manage activities in the execution of that plan and confined to their accepted decision support roles. The RED TEAM is drawn from corporate leadership team or subject matter experts. © Strategic Red Team Consulting All Rights Reserved
  • 29. RED TEAMING • A Red Team Exercise is similar to a rehearsal Wargame with the exception that none of the Red Team players are drawn from company’s decision support stakeholders. • • Each RED TEAM player is an outside subject matter expert that is not a company stakeholder and is only given a reasonable amount of information that a normal competitor would have. The RED TEAM’s role is not merely to test the plan as adversarial players but rather to put it under extreme competitive stress. © Strategic Red Team Consulting All Rights Reserved
  • 30. • Evaluating courses of action to recommend a distinct plan of action to corporate leadership; • Levering rehearsals as a comprehensive exercise under conditions of extreme competitive stress to test critical plans prior to execution; • Reinforcing Unity of Thought, Purpose and Action throughout your corporate team through action/reaction/counter-reaction role playing; • Visualizing of the flow of business operations, given joint strengths, weaknesses, dispositions, capabilities and possible courses of actions available to business actors in a given business sector and environment. © Strategic Red Team Consulting All Rights Reserved WARGAME HINDSIGHT becomes BUSINESS FORESIGHT 30
  • 31. Shouldn’t You? Dancers rehearse Militaries rehearse Actors rehearse © Strategic Red Team Consulting All Rights Reserved 31
  • 32. © Strategic Red Team Consulting All Rights Reserved