By combining structured analytical tools with proven simulation methodologies, an Aurora-facilitated war game enables accelerated learning, resulting in actionable outcomes.
Contact Michel Bernaiche, Director of Program Development, to learn more: +01 (774) 260-1477.
Identify KITs and KIQs for Intelligence Program Tasking
- Establish and prioritize new and changing Key Intelligence Topics and Questions
- Discover potential market disruptions
- Connect the intelligence function with strategy formulation
Pressure Test Market Response to Strategic Initiatives
- Anticipate a competitive response to a new product launch or market entry
- Understand changing customer preferences relative to incumbent and emerging competitors
- Execute actionable contingency plans based on the highest potential scenarios
Organizational Change and Transformation
- Identify changing stakeholder priorities arising from reorganization and leadership changes
- Eliminate knowledge silos to increase intelligence collaboration
- Optimize resource allocation based on new strategic and operational priorities
Aurora tailors its approach to each client’s unique needs and objectives. We customize each war game to the type of strategic issue the client is trying to address, accounting for the most likely future scenarios which will be confronted in the marketplace.
The most difficult part of conducting a war game with executive management is usually the availability of so many high-value individuals to converge in a single location for a day or more. Aurora has conducted multi-site war games where senior participants are many hours travel from one another that help to mitigate distance as a factor in simulation design.
Aurora’s holistic intelligence system architecture and analytic tool set ensure security using a paperless environment to safeguard the After Action Report and Planning activities generated during the game without restricting participant engagement. Structured analytic techniques such as Stakeholder Analysis, Shadowing and JoHari Windows, alongside more widely known frameworks such as Porter’s Five Forces, Four Corners, STEEP/PEST, SWOT and others ensure that the outcomes generated are both sophisticated and easy for everyone to understand.
Finally, based on the desired outcomes the client and client’s stakeholders outline during the planning and design phase, Aurora schedules one to five days on-site that will work best for the client to conduct the war game event itself and walks back the calendar to establish the start date for simulation design and project’s conclusion.
Methods & Process
Very few war game facilitators are able to produce the breadth and depth of Aurora’s global human intelligence (HUMINT) capability to produce pre-game briefing books or support post-game research and analysis needs. When each team assimilates this pre-game intelligence, everyone arrives on game day playing to win instead of playing catch-up.
Aurora takes the process a step further by integrating planning exercises throughout the game, ensuring accelerated learning about probable competitive responses and actionable outcomes from each teams’ action and contingency plans. Identifying and summarizing key opportunities and threats, probability impact grids within the after action report drive managerial decision making based on early warning indicators and intelligence gaps observed throughout the exercise.