Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Practice of Scripting

It is football season again. In our case, we belong to to that unique group of serious fans who enjoyed the x's and o's of this great game. We also preferred to know what are the best practices that are being used to enhance a team's strategic performance.

One specific practice that we have adapted from the Bill Walsh's West Coast Offense system is the 25 Play (Starter) script.

Following are some of the objectives behind the 25 Play Starter script:
  1. To test the tendencies and the possible weak points of the defense with various formations, shifts and motions;
  2. To identify the defensive reaction to certain plays;
  3. To recognize the decision process of the defensive play caller; and
  4. To use the outcome of certain scripted plays to stage the opposition at a later part of the game.
  5. To determine whether it is possible to impose one's will's onto the opposition's psyche.
The starter script is one of the most well-used tools in the game of football.

Some preferred to use a 15 or 20 play starter script to pursue the immediate weaknesses of their targeted opposition. This step requires the following: profound intelligence collecting process and implementation; deep strategic assessment skills, a good plan, a deep understanding of strategic fundamentals.

In summary, the script is more about choosing what plan to follow and less about developing a plan on the spot.

You can read more about it by clicking on this link, this link and this link .

From our experience, a script of tactical moves is a good tool to use in an unpredictable setting, . Why? Ask us.

Here is a list of questions that you should always think about:
  1. Have you always assessed your competition before the situation begins?
  2. How do you usually assess your competition?
  3. Do you know how to integrate your intelligence gathering to your script?
  4. Do you ever create a starter script of tactical plays against your competition?
  5. Do you know the rules for building a starter script?
  6. Do you know how to use the outcome of certain scripted plays to stage the opposition at a later stage of the situation?
  7. Do you know when to change the order of the script?
  8. Do you know when to exit from your script and when to reuse the script again?
  9. Do you know how to use the script as a psychological tool?

Compass Rules:
  • A specific process does not make a strategist. It is the strategist who makes the process effectively effective.
  • Good strategic assessment is the 1st step to creating a predictable setting.
Q: Do you know the key to developing a very good script?

Final Notes
Based on our experience, our customized script process is a very good planning tool. The emphasis of this script is focused on being prepared for various contingency situations.

It can also be used for scenario modeling.

In most cases, we usually re-configured the format for various strategic projects. For the Chinese strategic fanatics, we have an experimental version that is based on Sunzi's (Sun Tzu) principles of efficient competition. If you are interested in learning about this tool, send us a message by clicking on this link.


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