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Strategic planning ITSP


Creating and maintaining organisational-level strategies to align overall business plans, actions, and resources with high-level business objectives.

SFIA 9 is in development

  • SFIA 9 beta due in early July 2024
  • SFIA 9 planned for publication October 2024

This is a prototype for SFIA 9. It is subject to change before publication.

Guidance notes


This skill is primarily focused on enterprise-wide strategic planning and management, rather than developing strategies for specific technical or functional areas. For senior managers or individuals working on their own technical or functional strategies, this skill may be too broad and high-level. Instead, they may require more specific skills related to their particular domain or area of expertise.

Activities may include — but are not limited to:

  • conducting environmental analyses to inform strategy development
  • collaborating with stakeholders to formulate and implement strategies and action plans
  • using data analytics and digital tools to support strategic decision-making and monitor progress
  • ensuring agility and flexibility in strategy execution to adapt to changing business needs
  • communicating and embedding strategic management through objectives, accountabilities, and progress monitoring
  • continuously reviewing and iterating strategic plans to maintain alignment with business goals


Defined at these levels: 4 5 6 7

Strategic planning: Level 1

Strategic planning: Level 2

Strategic planning: Level 3

Strategic planning: Level 4


Contributes to the collection and analysis of information to support strategy development.

Assists in the preparation of reports and insights for strategic planning.

Supports the communication of strategic plans and related change initiatives to relevant stakeholders.

Helps monitor progress against strategic objectives and provides feedback.

Strategic planning: Level 5


Collates information and creates reports and insights to support strategy management processes.

Ensures that all stakeholders are aware of the strategic management approach and timetables. Provides support and guidance to help stakeholders adhere to the approach.

Develops and communicates plans to drive forward the strategy and related change planning.

Contributes to the development of policies, standards and guidelines for strategy development and planning.

Strategic planning: Level 6


Sets policies, standards, and guidelines for how the organisation conducts strategy development and planning.

Leads and manages the creation or review of a strategy that meets the requirements of the business.

Develops, communicates, implements and reviews the processes which embed strategic management in the operational management of the organisation.

Strategic planning: Level 7


Leads the definition, implementation, and communication of the organisation’s strategic management framework.

Directs the creation and review of a strategy and plans to support the strategic requirements of the business.