Brainstorming strategic assumptions …

Question: What are the “killer assumptions” that underlie your strategy? 

STRATEGY & INNOVATION, Not-So-Risky Business, September 16, 2009

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Start by asking:

Consumer:
Who is the end user?
What are they willing to pay?
Will they have to change their behavior?

Solution:
What constitutes “good enough”?
What are the technical challenges?
Are there logical external partners?
Do we have/need IP protection?

Profit System:
What price makes sense?
What do we expect in terms of trial/repeat purchase?
What capital investment is required?
What marketing support will be needed to launch?

Channel:
Who are the necessary channel partners?
Are they willing to push the solution?
What incentives are required?

Competition:
Who are they?
How do we expect them to respond?
How quickly?
What impact would it have?

Organization:
Do we have the capabilities required?
Are resource allocation processes conducive to success?
Will we gain buy-in from key internal constituents?

Upside:
How scalable is the solution?
What are the stepping stones to the broader opportunity?
How will we achieve longer-term competitive advantage?
 
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Full article:
http://www.innosight.com/innovation_resources/article.html?id=842

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