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ESPLANADE project-scenario planning tool


The ESPLANADE scenario planning tool provides users with step by step guides to explore key trends and uncertainties in their business environments and develop multiple future scenarios for use in strategy development. The scenarios can be used to test existing strategy options, develop new strategies or to simply explore key issues or uncertainties in business environments in a structured way. The tool is based on best-practice scenario planning.

It provides advice to SME users on who should comprise their scenario / strategy development team, guidance on how strategy sessions should be conducted and instructions on how to use the tool through the various steps. Case studies are available for each of the 6 industry sectors to view so they can obtain an idea of what results / output they can expect. A scenario planning report is automatically generated based on their work on the tool and can be customised and edited.

The tool helps the user set the scope of the scenario planning exercise, identify trends and uncertainties in a structured way and assess the key drivers or 'axes of uncertainty' on which the scenario foundations will be built. The scenarios are then characterised and detailed, drawing on the trends identified by the SMEs. SMEs can use the ESPLANADE data search tool to find sector specific information on these trends to use in the scenario planning tool.

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