7 Part A: Evidencing the process of developing a strategy, monitoring progress and evaluating performance
7.2 Developing a strategy
Present notes/records that show you have planned your use of problem-solving skills in tackling a selected problem from your study or work. Your evidence must include:
- the goals you hope to achieve over 3–4 months or so; you should indicate how these goals relate to the context in which you are working and to your current capabilities;
- how you planned and explored the problem and set out the next stages of the work, for example, using a flow chart to break it down into sub-problems, or re-framing the problem to view it from different perspectives. You need to include a statement that describes the factors taken into account when planning;
- the critical features of the problem and how you established them, for example, using critical path analysis or a concept map;
- notes on the methods you have considered to work on and tackle the problem and an estimation of the likely success of these methods;
a plan of action to do the work that includes:
- targets you have set to achieve your goals;
- the opportunities you can use to achieve your targets;
- the resources you might use, including people, to develop your skills, for example, course materials, tutor feedback, discussions with others;
- evidence you plan to present, for example, an assignment or project report;
- a schedule that gives deadlines and review points.
Be prepared to revise and update your strategy as your work develops. Think of it as a living document; you are likely to make many changes and adjustments to it while you are working on the unit. Keep a record of your revisions and notes about why you made changes.
You could perhaps discuss your strategy with a study advisor and receive feedback. You could use this feedback to help you assess your progress as your work develops.