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INTRO
A GAP Analysis is a method for comparing your current state with a future or desired state.  It identifies the GAPs between current and future state and helps teams develop a set of actions to close the gaps.  Teams will often use GAP Analysis to review current processes, products, market penetration, and develop specific action plans.  For example, a team may have an objective of “Becoming a Solution Selling Organization”  
AUTHOR
This framework was created by Adam Smith. Adam is Managing Director at Polaris Consulting, based in Atlanta, Georgia.
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To have a fully staffed product organization by end of year

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OBJECTIVES & KEY RESULTS
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Current State

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Describe your current state or existing process. Where are you today? Be specific and use data support your statements.
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We have 5 of 8 key positions filled 
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Our recruiting resource recently left the company 
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Our current employees are well engaged and have strong networks 
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Our new product line must begin development in 3 months 
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Future State

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Describe your ideal future state or desired outcome. Where do you want to be? Be specific in your statements.
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We have a fully staffed team of 9 rockstars within 60 days 
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Our new hires are well integrated, trained, and have clear direction 
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The engineering team can rely on the product team for even bigger developments 
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Gap

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Identify the GAP between current state and future state or current process and ideal outcome. What’s the gap or difference between where we are now and where we want to be?
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We don't have a current training process for the new hires 
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We are short staffed on recruiting and this will impact speed of hiring 
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We are torn between going all in on new development with light team vs allocating precious time to interview 
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Actions to Close Gap

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Identify the next actions or proposals to address the gap and achieve the desired outcome. What do we need to do to achieve the future state?
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As a team we are all going to reach out to 10 external contacts by Friday to build candidate pipeline 
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Mike is going to take the lead on building out the training program for new PM's 
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We are going to make hiring the top priority because without a team we will get further behind 
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ANALYSIS
RHYTHM
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KEY METRICS
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SAME STORE SALES YoY
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REVENUE
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EPS
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# OF STORES
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PROFIT/CUSTOMER
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Conclusion
Notes
The conclusion of the SWOT Analysis is a concise statement of the current Situation faced by the organization - the Strengths & Weaknesses of the organization and Opportunities and Threats faced from outside the organization. However, this is not really a “conclusion” but the beginning of the hard work - determining possible strategies that are supported by the SWOT Analysis and Competencies & Resources that are in place (or feasible once plans are established). Further, the SWOT is never fully “finished” since new revelations are always coming up and there is often some iteration between direction setting and the need for additional understanding not captured in the earlier SWOT summary.
The conclusion of the SWOT Analysis is a concise statement of the current Situation faced by the organization
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