The SWOT Model

The SWOT Model is a powerful tool used for strategic planning, evaluation, and analysis. SWOT stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. If you need to review, summarize, and / or create improvement plans conduct a SWOT. Use the SWOT model to manage brainstorming sessions. The SWOT tool jumpstarts idea generation, guides you through evaluating issues and generates possible goals.

Use The SWOT technique to analyze these items;

  • Current state of an item
  • Propose changes of an item
  • Results of changes to an item

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SWOT Manager lets you...

  • Simply create SWOT reports with one click.
  • Keep, maintain and manage all of you SWOT reports in one central location.
  • Easily enter SWOT data.
  • Eliminate formatting issues.
  • Choose from four different professional SWOT reports.
  • Standardize your company’s SWOT format.
  • Quickly review old SWOT data and compare to new SWOT data.
  • Track your SWOT history.
  • Quickly copy old SWOT reports to new SWOT reports and then easily edit.

There are many drawing software solutions that let you create SWOT templates. With all of these programs, you spend unnecessary time formatting the SWOT template to fit your data. This includes learning the program, understanding the formatting properties and then taking the time to create the SWOT. The biggest problem with creating professional looking SWOTs is the formatting time. SWOT manager does this for you.

SWOT Manager is designed specifically for SWOTs. You don’t need to worry about formatting. No need to worry about creating SWOT templates. This software is so easy. Just enter your data and click a button to create your SWOT report. You will be up and running in less then 10 minutes.

SWOT Manager automatically saves as soon as you enter data. No concerns about constantly saving your work.

In addition, SWOT Manager includes spell checking for easy editing.

You may have multiple people at your company creating SWOT reports and SWOT templates. Most likely each person selects a different approach to creating the SWOT model. This is a waste of time with unnecessary expenses. With SWOT manager your company standardizes the format and all SWOTS are assessable from SWOT Manager.

Place the file on your server and multiple people can input their SWOT data into SWOT manager. Multiple people can access SWOT manager at the same time. You pay no additional license fees for multiple users at your location.

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Current State SWOTs

With current state SWOTs, you review a department, layout, system, program, machine, people, etc at its current state. Examine the current activities of the selected item. In essence, you review the good, bad, potential, and uncontrollable factors for that given item.

You employ the SWOT model to find ideas for improvement. With a team brainstorming session, you quickly summarize the working and the non-working areas. Your team then reviews the SWOT and prioritizes the results.

Another possibility, submit the SWOT results to senior management. Senior management then gets a real picture of the issues.

Here are some propose SWOT examples.

  • To figure out where the money goes, conduct a SWOT for the review of your business financials.
  • To speed the process of root cause determination, make a SWOT model for your corrective action system.
  • To improve sales, create a SWOT for your current marketing approach.
  • For a Kaizen event, generate a SWOT for the state of your given department.
  • For lean manufacturing improvements, craft a SWOT for the layout of a given department

You can apply the SWOT model for your Quality Management Review. Here, you analyze the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of your Quality System. This type of SWOT provides you continuous improvement actions for your quality management system.


Propose Changes SWOTs

Prior to making a change on a given item such as a new department layout, major system change, process change, moving people, starting a new program, etc, use the SWOT model to evaluate and predict the change results. Your team uses a SWOT to see the risks and benefits of the changes. In essence, you apply the SWOT to see the future.

Here are some propose change SWOT examples.

  • You company plans on creating a supplier quality department. Use the SWOT model to determine the possible costs of the new supplier quality department.
  • You intend on implementing a major change to your plating process, create a SWOT to see the risks and benefits of this change.
  • You want to convince senior management that you need to expand your facilities, present the SWOT chart on your expansion plans.
  • You desire to push final inspection elements to earlier in the process flow. Create a SWOT chart to recognize the issues that may prevent this from occurring.

Results of Changes SWOTs

This is a follow up SWOT. Complete this SWOT shortly after making the changes. This SWOT is similar to a current state SWOT. This quickly tells you unknown issues.

For additional benefit, take this SWOT and compare it to the old propose change SWOT and / or the previous current state SWOT. This lets you capture the improvements. It also delivers a history of your company’s changes and shows you have methodically thought the changes through.

SWOT Example

SWOT Model Flow

  1. Select a Team
  2. Create statement of the SWOT model
  3. Brainstorm the Strengths
  4. Brainstorm the Weaknesses
  5. Brainstorm the Opportunities
  6. Brainstorm the Threats
  7. Create a Professional SWOT
  8. Review the SWOT and determine action items

Select a Team

Your team consists of experts regarding the subject material. Try to include as many people as possible. The team approach lets you generate new items from the feedback of other team members. The more brainstorming issues, the more valuable your SWOT model.

Try to include customers of the subject matter. For example, if you are planning a new floor layout of a manufacturing department, include operators in that department. Also include stakeholders. These are people who are not directly involved in the issue but may have a vested interest. In the case of the new floor layout, include someone from the maintenance department.


SWOT Statement

Your SWOT model statement should be a one line description of the subject material. Keep it short and clear so all team members understand the reason for brainstorming. For example;

  • Review of the Stockbase department
  • SWOT Analysis of the new Plating Department Layout
  • State of the current marketing strategies
  • Evaluation of the HR Handbook
  • Study of the Web Page Design

Brainstorm the Strengths

Have the team brainstorm the advantages of the SWOT model statement. List all the good items about the subject matter. Think about the items that are effective and efficient. List the valuable items.

Pose these questions during the strength brainstorming.

  • What are the best points about the subject material?
  • What do you consider the strengths?
  • What is valuable about the subject material?
  • What items does the subject material provide that we cannot live without?
  • What items do not need improvement?
  • You are pleased with which items?

Brainstorm the Weaknesses

The team brainstorms the weaknesses of the SWOT model statement. List all the items that need to be improved. List the roadblocks or items that prevent improvement. Consider faults, drawbacks, limitations, flaws with the given SWOT statement.

It is important to be honest during the weakness brainstorming. Do not hold back any item.

Pose these questions during the weakness brainstorming process.

  • What needs improvement?
  • What items promote a hassle?
  • What items stand in the way of progress?
  • What do you dislike about the SWOT statement?
  • What items are a waste of time?
  • What items are costly?

SWOT Example

Brainstorm the Opportunities

The team brainstorms the possible opportunities. Conduct this after the weakness brainstorm because the weakness items help you determine the opportunities. List possible improvement actions. Think of improvement actions within the SWOT model statement that will make the situation better.

Pose these questions during the opportunities brainstorming process.

  • What can we do to improve the SWOT statement?
  • What is possible?
  • What are our options?
  • What would you hope to have changed?
  • What are actionable items?
  • What can we develop?
  • Where can we go?
  • What do we need to do?

Brainstorm the Threats

The team brainstorms threats that could cause a problem. Examine internal and external threats. Threats are items that have not happen but could happen. List items that you think threaten the SWOT statement. Include concerns, worries and fears. Brainstorming threats helps you understand possible uncontrollable conditions.

Pose these questions during the opportunities brainstorming process.

  • What could damage the SWOT statement?
  • What do you worry about?
  • What could go wrong?
  • What cannot we control?
  • Who could cause problems?
  • How could something bad happen?

Create a Professional SWOT

After brainstorming each of the four SWOT items, it is time to create a SWOT Chart. Use SWOT software to create the SWOT chart.

Gather the items for each category. Eliminate the duplicates. You only need to list each item once.

Presentation of the SWOT is key to getting notice and supporting plans from the SWOT. Many people spend hours on formatting the SWOT. If you use SWOT Manager, you don’t need to worry about formatting. Just type the items in and then print. Your SWOT chart is done in minutes.


Review the SWOT and determine action items.

Examine the strengths and see if any of these provide insight into other areas that are not part of the SWOT statement. These may provide direction for other SWOTs. You may generate new actions from this review.

The weaknesses tell you the current state of affairs regarding the SWOT statement. After you determine and take improvement actions, future SWOT analysis should not include many of the weaknesses.

Opportunities are your goals. Prioritize these goals. Create action plans to achieve these goals. Capture these action plans with Gantt Charts and to do lists. Assign responsibilities and due dates.

Threats open your eyes. Examine the threats and take preventive actions prior to the threat occurring. Separate the threats between controllable and uncontrollable. Focus on preventing the controllable issues.

SWOT Manager with SWOT Report Generator.

Buy Now!

SWOT Manager lets you...

  • Simply create SWOT reports with one click.
  • Keep, maintain and manage all of you SWOT reports in one central location.
  • Easily enter SWOT data.
  • Eliminate formatting issues.
  • Choose from four different professional SWOT reports.
  • Standardize your company’s SWOT format.
  • Quickly review old SWOT data and compare to new SWOT data.
  • Track your SWOT history.
  • Quickly copy old SWOT reports to new SWOT reports and then easily edit.

There are many drawing software solutions that let you create SWOT templates. With all of these programs, you spend unnecessary time formatting the SWOT template to fit your data. This includes learning the program, understanding the formatting properties and then taking the time to create the SWOT. The biggest problem with creating professional looking SWOTs is the formatting time. SWOT manager does this for you.

SWOT Manager is designed specifically for SWOTs. You don’t need to worry about formatting. No need to worry about creating SWOT templates. This software is so easy. Just enter your data and click a button to create your SWOT report. You will be up and running in less then 10 minutes.

SWOT Manager automatically saves as soon as you enter data. No concerns about constantly saving your work.

In addition, SWOT Manager includes spell checking for easy editing.

You may have multiple people at your company creating SWOT reports and SWOT templates. Most likely each person selects a different approach to creating the SWOT model. This is a waste of time with unnecessary expenses. With SWOT manager your company standardizes the format and all SWOTS are assessable from SWOT Manager.

Place the file on your server and multiple people can input their SWOT data into SWOT manager. Multiple people can access SWOT manager at the same time. You pay no additional license fees for multiple users at your location.

Your Satisfaction is Guaranteed.

Within 30 days, if you are not satisfied with SWOT Manager, I will refund your money.

SWOT Manager is only $49

Buy Now!

(Created by Quality Assurance Solutions)


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