Spreadsheets to manage action plans and activities, strategic planning, indicators… Spreadsheets, spreadsheets, spreadsheets…
Spreadsheets are very important, depending on the maturity and size of the business. But there are times when it becomes noticeable that spreadsheets and isolated and restricted documents can no longer fulfill the demands of the organization.
Let’s talk about this today’s article.
The following are the clearest signs that it is time to overcome the “planisization” and start from a specialized system:
1. Spreadsheets, by themselves, no longer serve when things stop happening
People forget to revisit the spreadsheets and, consequently, forget to run the plan and feed them.
This is because spreadsheets alone cannot reinforce the planned prioritization culture — they are simple databases, it takes discipline and organization to be able to work with them, and even with these characteristics, depending on the size of your company, it is almost impossible to achieve.
Since, the larger your business, or the greater the complexity of your trade, more spreadsheets will be. This excess of spreadsheets ends up setting up a heap of undiscovered data, difficult to consolidate and verify.
The collaborators, in turn, besides having difficulty remembering that there is a plan, when they remember and face that tangle of spreadsheets,
2. Deadlines are lost
When everything is accomplished through Excel spreadsheets, for example, there inevitably comes a time when people forget to revisit them. Consequently, the deadlines are lost. And, we know, there is no strategic planning without action plans with well-defined timelines.
At the extreme, it can also happen that professionals change deadlines, since spreadsheets allow editing. The problem is that no impact analysis is always made on these calendar changes, which can put all strategic planning in jeopardy.
3. Long time is spent searching for information to feed them
The manual work required by spreadsheets also requires a lot of time from the team. Professionals need to constantly update information, generate graphics and assemble presentations.
With this, productivity falls greatly, since there is no automation and everything needs to be done and redone, conferred and rechecked.
4. Data and information lose reliability
With a large number of team members being able to edit, each having a different version of a spreadsheet, it is almost impossible to talk about the reliability of the information.
How to think about strategic planning without the integrity, reliability and 100 information available?
5. You are unable to access the “master”
spreadsheet outside the office
Finally, one of the clearest signs that the “planisisation” of strategic management is a problem for your business is when you travel and cannot access the original spreadsheet (master spreadsheet), having to work under a copy and perform the update when you return to Office.
All the rework that this generates ends up slowing down the action plans, causing a dismeeting of information. And that negatively impacts the results.
Does your company suffer from any of these symptoms?
So it’s time to start inserting technology into your strategic management.
With a specialized system, it will be possible to develop an effective plan of action and ensure its execution, as well as
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