'Wargaming' is playing the devil's advocate to your planned course of action in a structured environment. It allows for you to test safely; its ability to withstand a competitive market but also gain buy-in from senior decision makers and the team who will be executing your plan. It is essential that set roles are assigned and the right method used. Practicing the wargame quickly showed how passionate everyone becomes in defence of their own ideas.
Aside from the above concepts, the following ideas taught in the workshop challenged my preconceptions. The first of these was the Speed of Planning. Tim, the Facilitator, suggested 1-2 weeks for the entire planning process which is contrary to my idea of month long planning processes.
The most dumbfounding mentality change to me was the amount of time spent framing the problem. The Military Planning Process suggests that 70% of the time should be spent verifying you are solving the right problem. I thought the better the solution, the better your outcome but Tim made a convincing argument for investing the time into problem framing.
The planning framework taken out this is going to be very useful in solving future problems. On top of this, I would thoroughly recommend Timothy Keeffe as a facilitator. The course venue was at the Australian Institute of Management which provided exceptional services.
This innovative planning approach is just one for a business to improve their organisational innovation.