Here is a blurb about Strategy Maps that I copied from the Tech Talk blog whom I think copied it from elsewhere:
Blue Ocean Strategy offers both a process and a set of supporting tools that practitioners can use to navigate. It begins with a �strategy canvas� that visually maps the current industry environment in two dimensions. The horizontal dimension includes the range of factors on which an industry currently competes and those factors in which it invests. The vertical dimension shows levels of performance against each factor, measured qualitatively. A strategy canvas is a conceptual tool remarkable in both its simplicity and its usefulness. It can be used to understand the current strategy of a company and its competitors, to communicate the strategy, and to imagine business directions. To do the latter, Professors Kim and Mauborgne recommend that a company create several alternative, radically different strategies, each aimed at delivering superior value to potential � not existing � customers by:
- Reducing cost by eliminating some factors that the industry takes for granted and reducing other factors below the industry standard
- Enhancing differentiation by raising some factors well above the industry standard and creating additional factors that the industry has never offered.
I used the strategy map with fairly powerful results recently in a board level strategy meeting.