SCOR is a futurospective activity that helps the participants better plan their future based on the perceived strengths and challenges, as well as opportunities and risks ahead of them. It is a good activity for visualising and aligning on important strategic topics.
Running the activity:
- Draw the four quadrants: Strengths, Challenges, Opportunities, Risks
- Introduce the first two areas:
* Strengths: What are the positive attributes?
* Challenges: What are the challenges or threats?
- Give the participants time to write down notes for those areas.
- Read all strengths and challenges out loud, clarifying if needed, but not fostering discussion yet.
- Introduce the other two areas:
* Opportunities: given the strengths, what can we capitalize on and take as a lead to be successful?
* Risks: with those challenges, what are the risks ahead of us and how to mitigate them?
- Give the team time to write notes for those two areas.
- Group discussion.
This activity is a variation of the SWOT analysis. It has been an effective exercise to get participants to align on strategic actions for the future. Often, team members will find opportunities in others’ strengths, which they hadn’t thought about before!
Remote-team advice: This activity works well for remote teams. Use a remote board of your choice.