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There are many strategy implementation methods, but there is not a single method that suits all organizations and all situations. The table below helps you to choose best method for you among three most common methods: Hoshin kanri, Balanced Scorecard and OKR.

Hoshin kanri, OKR and Balanced Scorecard - learn which strategy implementation method is best for you:

Hoshin kanri


Balanced scorecard


Goal-setting framework which combines long term objectives with annual objectives and improvement priorities with KPIs.

Alignment process to reduce waste and to ensure common direction.

OKR is a goal-setting framework which consists of objectives and key results.

Measurable goals create alignment.

Strategy is formulated using 4 perspectives: finance, customers, internal processes and learning & growth.

Aim to balance financial and non-financial KPIs.


Change and performance


Performance and operational management


Tiered according to organizational level

Focus on teams

Business unit focus

Strategy horizon

3–5 years and focus on annual planning.

1 year. Focus on 90 days.

More than 1 year. Focus on annual planning.


  • Strong alignment across organizational levels.
  • Forces maintaining of focus & clarifying ownership.
  • Simple strategy visualization.
  • Fast pace
  • Relatively simple.
  • Aligned to roles in the organization.
  • Taught widely in universities.
  • Efficient in describing metrics of corporate strategy.


  • Perceived as a demanding method due to its lean roots.
  • Support for very short-term goals.
  • Easy to end up with too many objectives
  • Alignment in large organization
  • Limits corporate strategy to a set of KPIs
  • Easy to lose the bigger picture.
  • Cascading down the objectives lacks precision.

Best suited to

Companies where internal cooperation and alignment are important.

Companies where the need for internal alignment is low.

Companies with simple organizational structure.

Amplon has been inspired by Hoshin Kanri’s simplicity to visualize strategy and engage managers and employees of all levels in strategy execution. However, Amplon went a step further and addressed the shortcomings of the Hoshin Kanri method. This means that companies using Amplon do not need to stick to the lean philosophy (unless they want to); companies can design a bottom-up strategy and can easily adapt this software to their culture and processes. makes it easy to share common development projects and activities ensuring focus in the organization. Instant monitoring of strategy through software dashboards allows immediate reaction to any deviation.

Summary of hoshin kanri:

Compass pointing to future

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