Hoshin Kanri, often referred to as the “Hoshin Planning” or “Policy Deployment,” is a strategic management methodology that originated in Japan. It’s designed to align organizational goals and objectives with the daily activities of the workforce. The strategy involves a process of identifying long-term goals, breaking them down into actionable steps, deploying those steps across different levels of the organization, and then continuously monitoring progress and adjusting as needed. 

X-Matrix to visualize Hoshin Kanri

In the context of Hoshin Kanri, the XMatrix is a visual tool that facilitates the alignment and execution of the strategic plan. It’s a structured matrix that displays the relationship between different elements of the strategy. The rows of the matrix typically represent various goals, while the columns represent different factors such as key performance indicators (KPIs), projects, responsible individuals, and timeframes. The intersections of rows and columns provide an overview of how each goal is connected to specific actions, KPIs, and responsibilities. 

Disadvantages of X-Matrix

While the X-Matrix is a valuable tool for displaying the strategic plan, it does come with certain limitations:

  • Complexity: As the organization grows and goals become more diverse, the X-Matrix can become complex and challenging to manage and understand connections.
  • Static Representation: The X-Matrix provides a snapshot of the strategy at a specific point in time, making it less adaptable to changes or dynamic updates.
  • Lack of Context: It might not fully capture the nuanced relationships and interdependencies between different goals and actions.

 Horizontal Strategy View by ValueMiner

Introducing a transformative evolution in your Hoshin Kanri strategy management experience – the expansive Horizontal View, proudly presented by ValueMiner. This innovative approach takes the intricacies of your strategic plans and simplifies them into an easily digestible format. Imagine your strategic roadmap not as a complex labyrinth but as a vast, open landscape, akin to a sweeping panorama that stretches as far as the eye can see. This landscape is your canvas, where the big picture of your organization’s objectives and initiatives comes into clear focus.

Screenshot of the ValueMiner Software Platform that utilize Hoshin Kanri Strategy Deployment Breakdown Status highlight


Now, picture each of your strategic components – your goals, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), and projects – as distinct points on this canvas, interconnected like stars in the night sky or like neurons in a neural network.

neural network model powred by ValueMiner made of coloured nodes representing an object each

The ValueMiner Horizontal View is designed with simplicity at its core. It fundamentally reimagines how you perceive and manage your strategy, making it not only accessible but also intuitive, enabling you to make well-informed decisions. By embracing this approach, you will gain a more comprehensive understanding of how different elements of your strategy connect and influence each other. It seamlessly combines the structured framework of Hoshin Kanri with an effortlessly navigable interface, creating a strategy landscape that is expansive, accommodating, and user-friendly. This shift towards an expansive Horizontal View promises to enhance your strategy execution by promoting clarity, better decision-making, and improved outcomes for your organization.

X-Matrix vs ValueMiner Horizontal View

Think of strategic planning like putting together a puzzle. You can use different pieces to make the whole picture. Here, we’re comparing two ways to see the puzzle: the X-Matrix and ValueMiner Horizontal Strategy View. Each way helps us understand things better. So, let’s explore how these tools make strategic planning easier! 

  • Representation: While the X-Matrix offers a tabular representation, our horizontal approach visualizes connections through a dynamic web, that yet look intuitive, clean and clear to the user. 
  • Flexibility: ValueMiner’s approach adapts to changes more readily, reflecting real-time shifts in priorities.
  • Interactivity: The horizontal view provides a more interactive experience, enabling users to explore relationships and focus on specific areas. 
  • Complexity Handling: Our approach excels in handling the complexity of a growing organization’s goals and strategies. 
  • Intuitive Understanding: The neural network-inspired approach makes it easier to grasp the relationships between different elements of the strategy. 

In the evolving landscape of strategic management, the traditional X-Matrix remains a powerful tool, but as organizations seek greater adaptability and intuitive understanding, our proposed horizontal view offers a fresh perspective. By merging Hoshin Kanri principles with the intricate connections of neural networks, we bridge the gap between strategic planning and dynamic execution, paving the way for a more agile and insightful approach to achieving organizational goals.  

We understand the importance of finding the right approach to achieve your goals. To embark on this transformative journey with us, and to learn how our horizontal view can reshape your strategic planning, we invite you to reach out.

Connect with our team today, and let’s embark together on a path toward achieving greater success. Your success story awaits!