Scenario-Based Planning Bootcamp


Mastering Foresight is an intensive, hands-on executive and professional education program designed for leaders and organizations looking to build competencies and skill sets in strategic foresight and scenario-based planning. As opposed to forecasting, which seeks to predict one likely event, scenario-based planning is a foresight tool that explores many possible future outcomes in order to help organizations identify the capabilities necessary to prepare for an uncertain future. During the workshop-style Bootcamp, participants learn how to construct scenarios and conduct workshops to yield creative solutions and leverage tools to analyze capabilities for investment.

Professionals learn disciplined approaches to writing, facilitating, analyzing, and developing recommendations that fit their organization by being practical, sustainable, and cost-effective. By acquiring these skills, organizations become prepared to effectively focus people, resources, and capabilities for an uncertain future.


Learning Objectives

  • The program is designed for professionals looking to build competency in strategic foresight by learning about and practicing the most widely used foresight tool: Scenario-Based Planning. Participants will acquire knowledge and skills necessary to prepare their organizations and themselves by:
  • Leading and facilitating all phases of a Scenario-Based Planning workshop
  • Acquiring a foundation in principal developments of alternative future worlds, what drives them, and how to lead discussions to elicit capabilities needed to succeed
  • Thinking strategically and screening for opportunities that help organizations prepare for an uncertain future
  • Aligning teams and individuals behind the skill of “futuring” to enhance agility in the organization
  • Ensuring strategic priorities are aligned to and drive the right outcomes
  • Bridging the gap between strategy and foresight by learning tools to effectively analyze many possible futures, their needed capabilities, and priorities
  • Leveraging an agile foresight system to guide effective decision-making
  • Cultivating a strategy-focused organization, driven by deliberate through and consideration of possible futures that could unfold

Program Outline

  Phase I: Focus on the Future

  • Introduction
  • Drivers and Poles
  • Future Environment

  Phase II: Develop Alternative Worlds

  • Scenario Selection
  • Develop Content

  Phase III: Facilitate a Scenario-Based Planning Workshop

  • Overview of Process
  • 20 Year Postures
  • Divestiture
  • Create Briefing

  Phase IIV: Analyze Future Investments

  • Analyze Results

  Phase V: Apply to Strategy Formulation

  • Change Agenda
  • Strategic Plan

Who Should Attend?

  • Strategy professionals tasked with leading foresight in their organizations
  • Consultants wanting to add foresight into portfolio of consulting services.
  • Individuals and leaders interested in leveraging foresight as a tool to prepare for an uncertain future
  • Owners and senior executives who see the need for more effective preparation for dealing with unknown disruptors in their organization
  • Emerging professionals building a pathway to careers in foresight and strategy management

Program Brochure PDF

Next Mastering Foresight program:

  • September 12-16, 2022
  • 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. EST
  • (Virtual via Zoom)

Cost: $2950


Doug Maris M.A. M.Div. SMP
Vice President of Operations
Senior Strategy Consultant
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 217-737-3731

Kateryna Pyatybratova, MBA/MA/PMP
Director, Marketing and Business Development
Email: [email protected]