What are Balanced Scorecards, and what are best practices, tools and templates for teams and organizations?
Definition of Balanced Scorecard
A Balanced Scorecard is a model that summarizes an organization’s high-level strategic goals, initiatives designed to reach those goals, and metrics, or key performance indicators, that monitor success over time, and shows how they are connected to the mission, vision, and core values of the organization. It is a strategic planning tool used ubiquitously in organizational management that clearly and concisely communicates what the organization has set out to achieve and how it proposes to do it.
Description of Balanced Scorecard
Balanced Scorecards typically include four areas of strategic focus, including financial sustainability, customer experience, internal processes and structures, and workforce culture, learning, and development. Focusing on these four overarching components gives you a balanced perspective of your organization’s health. It also provides a methodology for breaking down a large-scale vision and strategy into categories and activities that become actionable and measurable. Balanced Scorecards are unique in that they help you visualize in a straightforward manner how an organization’s high-level strategy drives the day-to-day priorities and desired outcomes and the measure of your success along the way.
Balanced Scorecard Video Overview
Tools & Templates
Specific tools used to create Balanced Scorecards typically include a one-page graphic or template that connects the organization’s mission, vision, values, strategic goals/priorities, initiatives, key performance indicators, and timeframes for implementation.
upBOARD's Online Balanced Scorecard Tools & Templates
Unlike most traditional Balanced Scorecard techniques, upBOARD’s online Balanced Scorecard collaboration tools allow any team or organization to instantly begin working with our web templates and input forms. Our digital platform goes far beyond other software tools by including progress dashboards, data integration from existing documents or other SaaS software, elegant intuitive designs, and full access on any desktop or mobile device.
Learn more about upBOARD’s portfolio of other business strategy best practice tools and templates, including:
ADL Matrix, Affinity Diagrams, Baker’s 4 Strategies of Influence, Balanced Scorecard, Benchmarking, Blue Ocean Strategy, Bowman Strategy Clock, Build-Measure-Learn Feedback Loop, CAGE Distance Framework, Competitive Analysis, Competitive Landscape Analysis, Contingency Planning, Core Competence Analysis, Critical Success Factors, Discovery Driven Planning, Five Forces Model, Force Field Analysis, Gap Analysis, GE McKinsey 9-Box Matrix, Go To Market Strategy, Hambrick & Frederickson’s Strategy Diamond, Hedgehog Model, Hook Model of Behavioral Design, Hoshin Planning System, Kay’s Distinctive Capabilities Framework, Kotler’s Five Product Levels Model, Kotler’s Pricing Strategies, Lafley & Martin’s Five Step Strategy Model, McKinsey’s Seven Degrees of Freedom for Growth, Mission Statements, Mullin’s Seven Domains Model, OGSM Framework, Ohmae’s 3-C’s Model, PEST Analysis, Porter’s Diamond, Portfolio Management, Purpose Statements, Pyramid of Purpose, Scenario Planning, Simonson & Rosen’s Influence Mix, SOAR, Strategic Goals, Strategic Roadmap, Strategy Map, Strategy Roadmap, Strategy Uncertainty Map, SWOT Analysis, TOWS Matrix, Triple Bottom Line, USP Analysis, Value Chain Analysis, Value Disciplines Model, Value Net Model, Values Statement, Vision Statements, VRIO Analysis, and Weisbord’s Six-Box Model.