Alessandro Di Fiore, writing here for HBR, has tackled the misnomer that agile is somehow lest robust, or that planning is obsolete in an agile strategic planning approach such as Stragile. She points out that many say, “Now, strategic planning has fallen out of favor. In the face of relentless technological change, disruptive forces in industry after industry, global competition”, and so on, planning seems like pointless wishful thinking. Alessandro argues the counter.
Plans are drawn up, presented at board meetings and then left to collect dust on desks and shelves. The un-executed strategic plan has become a symbol of expensive, pedantic exercises which cost time and money, but fail to make impact.