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An introduction to ……

Strategic Wargaming for Business
“Execution excellence through disciplined rehearsal”
© Strategic R...
Recently showcased at
Deloitte’s 50 Best Managed Companies

© Strategic Red Team Consulting
All Rights Reserved
If you are in an adversarial and
competitive business
environment, how do you
evaluate the various courses
of action open ...
How do you test your plans
before you execute them?

How do you test your decision
support structures?

How do you put you...
How do you establish, align and
integrate your corporate authorities,
responsibilities and accountabilities?
Are they alig...
How is the feedback
presented to your executive
leadership prior to
execution?

What separates a great plan
from a self-fu...
How are your requirements for
Disciplined Testing, Refinement,
Rehearsal & Execution different
than those of the military?...
In business, as in battle,
INTELLIGENCE, STRATEGY,
PLANNING, DECISION MAKING and
EXECUTION, are HUMAN ACTIVITIES
and the t...
The best way to rehearse is
if the players that are testing
the plan are the very people
that will eventually have to
make...
Simply, we wargamed
every course of action
before committing to a
preferred strategy or
plan.

© Strategic Red Team Consul...
We rehearsed by wargaming
any and all commanders that
had to make decisions in the
execution, or synchronization
of that p...
We rehearsed by
wargaming the actions
of a realistic adversary in
a realistic operational
environment.

© Strategic Red Te...
We wargamed in a cooperative
leadership and learning
environment that believed that
sweat and tears in a wargame
were pref...
So, what’s the equivalent
of blood, sweat and tears
on your corporate
battlefield?

© Strategic Red Team Consulting
All Ri...
Wargame Hindsight
becomes
Business Foresight

© Strategic Red Team Consulting
All Rights Reserved

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Wargames are real-time, actionreaction, role-playing workshops that
pit your key real-life decision makers
and managers (B...
• Step 1: Leadership Engagement & Planning
• Step 2: Wargame Design
• Step 3: Wargame Preparation & Stage Setting
• Step 4...
Wargaming is a methodological discipline to test your plans that is also
designed to promote:
• risk mitigation,
• innovat...
The aim of wargaming is to
ensure continuous improvement
in your ability to compete and win
on your corporate battlefield....
Wargaming is a conscious attempt to
visualize the flow of business operations,
given joint strengths, weaknesses,
disposit...
Wargaming is a disciplined role playing
activity where key actors react to
critical events using an action /
reaction / co...
Your corporate leadership, strategy, plan and business environment are the
foundations to preparing, designing and executi...
Every event is tested against a competitive reality.

Action
Reaction
Action
Counteraction
Reaction
Observations
Action
Co...
After Action Reviews (AARs) are a LEADERSHIP responsibility and are
conducted by your corporate leadership, facilitated by...
• Scale?

• Scope?

• Focus?

• Method?
Wargaming is a HUMAN activity – the SIMULATION must provide STIMULATION
© Strategi...
There are 3 fundamental types of Wargames:

• The Course of Action (COA) Wargame

• The Rehearsal Wargame

• The Red Team ...
•

These are a series of two of more
sequential and comparable wargames
involving the same conditions, actors
and weightin...
Rehearsal Wargaming
•

A Rehearsal Wargame is a
comprehensive exercise to test a
single accepted plan prior to its
executi...
RED TEAMING
•

A Red Team Exercise is similar to a
rehearsal Wargame with the exception
that none of the Red Team players ...
• Evaluating courses of action to recommend a
distinct plan of action to corporate leadership;
• Levering rehearsals as a ...
Shouldn’t You?

Dancers rehearse

Militaries rehearse

Actors rehearse

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  1. 1. An introduction to …… Strategic Wargaming for Business “Execution excellence through disciplined rehearsal” © Strategic Red Team Consulting All Rights Reserved
  2. 2. Recently showcased at Deloitte’s 50 Best Managed Companies © Strategic Red Team Consulting All Rights Reserved
  3. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 14. So, what’s the equivalent of blood, sweat and tears on your corporate battlefield? © Strategic Red Team Consulting All Rights Reserved 14
  15. 15. Wargame Hindsight becomes Business Foresight © Strategic Red Team Consulting All Rights Reserved 15
  16. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 25. • Scale? • Scope? • Focus? • Method? Wargaming is a HUMAN activity – the SIMULATION must provide STIMULATION © Strategic Red Team Consulting All Rights Reserved 25
  26. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 31. Shouldn’t You? Dancers rehearse Militaries rehearse Actors rehearse © Strategic Red Team Consulting All Rights Reserved 31
  32. 32. © Strategic Red Team Consulting All Rights Reserved

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