About StrategyWorks

StrategyWorks is a cloud-based strategy management solution which links both agile and traditional waterfall delivery to your strategic objectives.

It provides a single, live view of all delivery across the organisation and shows how execution supports and aligns to your strategic objectives.

StrategyWorks tracks both execution against plan and the impact of the projects and programs on strategic objectives and performance measures (KPIs and OKRs). KPIs and performance information can be integrated live from third party systems.

StrategyWorks aggregates delivery data from external systems like Jira and Microsoft Project so that delivery teams can continue to work on their existing platforms, but their impact to the organisation is aggregated in ...


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6 Reviews of StrategyWorks

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Overall

4.8 / 5 stars

Ease-of-use

4.5

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

5.0

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June 2018

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Derek from El Bebe Productions

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Industry: Animation

Time Used: Less than 12 months

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

5.0

June 2018

Provides clarity and focus

Our rapid growth, opened many routes to market which we were keen to exploit. By working with Shapecast, we were able to plan our portfolio of programmes and projects ensuring they were aligned with our objectives and vision, allowing us to de-prioritise certain programmes with low value and focus our attentions on those that were critical to achieving our key outcomes. When it came to executing the plan, the leadership team had complete visibility over the whole portfolio and could see where and why projects were stalling or tracking behind their timelines. At the same time, our project teams had a clearer understanding of their responsibilities and accountabilities as well as an appreciation of the company vision and the part they played in supporting it. We now have a fully aligned and joined up activity plan, the outcomes of which will enable us to take full advantage of the global opportunities that will present themselves over the next 12 months leading to a conservative budgeted revenue increase of around 15% on 2017 results.

Pros

The visibility, it provides while planning and executing our plans; in particular being able to quickly identify the programmes and projects which were not aligned with our business objectives and key outcomes. What was important for us through the whole process was being able to clearly identify what was working and what wasn't. This really allowed us to reshape what we were doing which had a really significant impact on our plans. Also, our programme and project teams were able to raise in timely manner issues, risks, and decisions relating to their activities, that needed to be brought to the attention of the leadership team. In time, I can see it replacing our monthly status reports. What really made a difference to us what this isn't just another point tool. Shapecast had a whole structure and method which really helped us through a process.

Cons

The team at Shapecast, were very responsive to our feedback. Though it would be nice to have a feature that allowed every member of the team to directly communicate the feedback to Shapecast on 1:1 basis.

April 2021

Paul from Thames Brand Consultants

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Industry: Management Consulting

Time Used: Less than 12 months

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

5.0

April 2021

Ditch the spreadsheets!

Senior exec teams within large organisations often want regular sight and update of their programme portfolios. This often involves delivery teams running around the organisation collecting various amounts of data on spreadsheets whilst wasting valuable hours compiling and consolidating data into multiple reports. StrategyWorks allows delivery teams to go about their day to day business whilst senior key stakeholders have the ability to engage with the platform to pull any reports they so wish. This is ensures timely, consistant and real time reporting without the business interuption.

Pros

Complete clarity and accountability for all strategic related activity on single platform. This beautifully designed execution tool enables leadership teams to define, allocate, track and manage the delivery of multiple strategic programmes across multiple delivery teams providing visibility and clarity of the objectives, supporting strategies and activities through an intuitive and realtime analytics dashboard. The simple and user friendly dashboard provides all key topline information in a single view so no need to go hunting. Navigating and drilling down for further detail is easy and logically with even the most complex data displayed in a clear and succint format allowing easy identification of activity that is running late, behind or on track.

Cons

This execution tools is extremely comprehensive. A mobile app providing a 'light' version of the platform would be hugely beneficial.

Response from Shapecast

Replied April 2021

Thanks so much Paul. Thats great feedback and glad you liked StrategyWorks. Our app is fully responsive on mobile and we have an app in the development pipeline too so look forward to sharing that later this year.

April 2021

Hans from HJB Consulting

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Industry: Management Consulting

Time Used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

4.0

Functionality

4.0

April 2021

Simplifies complexity in change

I have been working with the product on client projects for several years. It is consistently improving to simplify the experience rather than add more feature complexity.

Pros

It is simple, intuitive, and easy to use. If the existing corporate taxonomy and governance models are already understood by the user base, the product needs little or no additional training to use. Elegant and effective.

Cons

It depends on coherent strategy and governance processes, if they are not robust the software cannot fix that. If your organisation uses a corporate taxonomy that is significantly different to the standard VMOST/VMOSA the product will need customisation.

Response from Shapecast

Replied April 2021

Thanks very much for your review Hans. We agree that tools make views of strategy execution as simple as possible but to get the best out of tooling and improve the way you operate, there is business change required. That is why we believe it is essential to offer specialist strategy services as an additional support with our tooling so that customers can go through change to improve how they execute and get the best out of the software to get the benefits of automation and performance improvement.

September 2020

Jonathan from NLJ Change Ltd

Company Size: 1 employee

Industry: Management Consulting

Time Used: Less than 6 months

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

4.0

September 2020

StrategyWorks Review

Pros

This is a tool that gives a rapid way of pulling together all the component parts needed to achieve a vision. A Programme Director would find this a really useful way of being able to control his programme and present key metrics about progress and performance to senior management. Submitting information on portfolio progress and performance into a central portfolio office allows the production of visual and textual information for an executive team to determine whether the portfolio of programmes and projects are contributing effectively to the realisation of a corporate vision. This would replace homegrown portfolio, programme and project reporting tools built and maintained by PMOs with something that is intuitive with good looking output. It also may avoid the need to purchase and manage big, costly portfolio management tools. Many companies struggle to determine what programmes and projects directly support strategic aims and what don’t. Also, it’s often difficult to demonstrate whether a programme or project still continues to support company strategy, even if it did at initiation. I have run exercises with a number of my clients to rationalise portfolios so that all programmes and projects therein demonstrate clear support for strategy and are not in the portfolio because of someone shouting loud enough. StrategyWorks would have been a really useful tool to have at that time.

Cons

A few minor gripes, but I'm sure that the guys at ShapeCast have these covered on the SW product roadmap

July 2018

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Time Used: Less than 12 months

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4.0

Value for money

4.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

5.0

July 2018

Provides clarity and focus.

By allowing us to link our goals and objectives to every activity, we found it to be a powerful tool to communicate the `Why we were following a certain path to our staff and enabled them to focus on activities which contributed most to our growth.

Pros

Ease of use, beautifully designed and the fact that we could see in a single platform all the initiatives we are running, how they are contributing to our goals and complete visibility of when and who is responsible for delivering the various activities.

Cons

Ability to attach files to the various initiatives would be great? Dashboard is really useful but an added ability to improve notifications?

Response from Shapecast

Replied July 2018

Thanks very much for your review and we're glad the product was so useful. We will be continuing to develop all of our complex workflow and personalised dashboarding this year but thanks very much for the feedback which is valuable.

July 2020

James from Winning Edge Group LLC

Company Size: 11-50 employees

Industry: Executive Office

Time Used: Less than 6 months

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

5.0

July 2020

Strategic Execution

Great group, great product.

Pros

Strategy Works provides all the essential tools for managing the execution of strategy on a real time basis. It also includes the ability to track value creation which is an essential element in understanding the effectiveness of a strategy.

Cons

There aren't any particular features that I liked least.