Is it a strategy problem, alignment problem, execution problem, or relationship problem?

Appropriate responses to different organisational problems.

Jason Yip
Jason Yip
Jul 21, 2019 · 1 min read

A strategy problem is a “what is the right thing to do?” problem.

Appropriate responses to strategy problems include:

  • gathering and mapping facts and information to understand context;
  • learning relevant skills and patterns;
  • various forms of analysis;
  • various forms of ideation;
  • various forms of simulating the future to gain foresight.

An alignment problem is a “shared understanding and buy-in” problem.

Appropriate responses to alignment problems include:

  • understanding different interests and perspectives;
  • various forms of individual and group communication;
  • various forms of individual and group feedback sessions.

An execution problem is a “get the result” problem.

Appropriate responses to execution problems include:

  • adjusting processes, structures, roles, and technology;
  • improving or acquiring relevant skills;
  • creative problem-solving.

A relationship problem is a “people aren’t getting along” problem.

Appropriate responses to relationship problems include:

  • ensuring you don’t actually have an alignment or execution problem;
  • various exercises to help people understand their different backgrounds, interests, strengths, and perspectives;
  • having and facilitating 1:1 dialogue.

Jason Yip

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Jason Yip

Senior Agile Coach at Spotify, ex-ThoughtWorks, ex-CruiseControl

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