What is Gap Analysis, and what are best practices, tools and templates for teams and organizations?
Definition of Gap Analysis
Gap Analysis is a method of determining how an organization’s current state differs from its desired future state and the steps it needs to take to achieve desired performance results.
Description of Gap Analysis
Gap Analysis is a common technique for assessing performance gaps across a variety of areas, such as sales growth, productivity, innovation, or leadership competencies, to name just a few. The assessment might require different sources of information, such as qualitative and quantitative data, to arrive at an accurate understanding of what the gaps are. Determining what information is necessary to conduct the assessment and how to acquire it is part of the analysis process, followed by the actual comparison of current versus desired results. Once the gaps have been identified, an implementation plan for closing them must be developed, which requires buy-in and alignment from everyone involved.
Tools & Templates
Specific tools used to create Gap Analyses typically include charts or spreadsheets. Current state, future state, and gaps are listed in columns so that all information can be viewed and understood, from the big picture to the details.
upBOARD's Online Gap Analysis Tools & Templates
Unlike most traditional Gap Analysis techniques, upBOARD’s online Gap Analysis 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.