Metronome Growth Systems was created by coaches to support them and their clients. We have heard from many MGS coaches about how Metronome has been an invaluable tool for their clients, ensuring their plan is clear, visible, and alive.
“Metronome creates a real time playing field for all team members to share their progress day-to-day, week-over-week, month-over-month, and quarter-over-quarter, all aligned to the company’s BHAG, 3HAG, 1HAG and 90-day plan.”, says MGS co-founder and user Shannon Byrne Susko.
The newest feature of MGS, which was released on Sunday Nov. 11th, is the long awaited “SWIMLANES”. We are so excited to have this feature on the platform as it now supports the visualization and operationalization of Shannon Susko’s 3HAG! This is a big deal for MGS Coaches, as their client are now able to align their 3HAG with their 1HAG through the use of SWIMLANES.
“We have been doing this on the wall with paper and Post-It notes [I recommend continuing with this practice], but with SWIMLANES on the platform, the whole team can see the alignment no matter where they are.”, says Susko.
Many people have attempted different versions of SWIMLANES, but a truly validated version has a SWIMLANE for each strategic Differentiator. “High level Milestones must be included in the SWIMLANE to ensure the Differentiator is achieved. They may also be linked to the Annual Priorities to keep the focus.”, as taught by Shannon Susko. “This keeps alignment to the plan alive as we ensure the whole team is focusing on the right thing, today”.
There has been a lot of discussion on what the relationship between the 3-5 Differentiators, SWIMLANE Milestones, Corporate Annual Priorities, Corporate Quarterly Priorities, and Individual Quarterly Priorities are. Susko has identified each, as seen below:
Individual Quarterly Priorities – These are tactical priorities that may or may not have sub-priorities. They can be stand alone or related to a Corporate Quarterly Priority, or a Corporate Annual Priority, or a SWIMLANE Milestone, or a Differentiator.
Corporate Quarterly Priorities – This is a tactical priority for the company for the quarter. It can be stand alone or related to Corporate Annual Priority, or a SWIMLANE Milestone, or a Differentiator.
Corporate Annual Priorities – This is a tactical priority for the company for the year. It can be stand alone or related to a SWIMLANE Milestone, or a Differentiator.
SWIMLANE Milestone – This is not a priority! It is a high level milestone that must be met in order to ensure the Differentiator gets in place in the timeframe set out. It is related to a Differentiator.
Differentiators - These are the 3-5 interdependent activities that the team decided upon that must be put in place to create the company's unique and valuable position.
SWIMLANES are a place where the company brainstorms the large milestones that must be in place to ensure the Differentiator gets in place. The rule of “less is better” is key for SWIMLANES and it is recommended they are kept at the highest level within the company.
SWIMLANES are the pivot point to executing strategy, by ensuring leadership teams are continuously discussing where they are going, how are they going to get, and by when. SWIMLANES in MGS allows all of our users to monitor and celebrate the success of the lanes as their milestone are achieved!
For more information about the SWIMLANES feature on Metronome, email firstname.lastname@example.org