Monday, December 3, 2007

Defining Alignment for Performance Management

I noticed there continues to be a lack of good solid definition for "Alignment" and therefore how to achieve it gets lost in various discussions.

Here is my best current definition for Alignment, in the context of Corporate Performance Management in general.

Alignment is the state of "collaborative agreement on company objectives", based on a common framework or tool for measurement of success, and linking the dependencies of target outcomes between people, projects, programs and objectives.

Ideally alignment is the "degree to which the separate pieces contribute to the outcomes" within their divisions and how well they lead to the overarching goals.