7-S Framework Checklist Questions.

I previously wrote about the Mckinsey 7-S Framework, and then during my studies, I came across a list of checklist questions for each of the 7 significant areas.

So here we go!


  • What is our strategy?
  • How do we intend to achieve our objectives?
  • How do we deal with competitive pressure?
  • How are changes in customer demands dealt with?
  • How is strategy adjusted for environmental issues?
  • What is not going to change in the future?
  • What are our key competitive moats?


  • How is the company/team divided?
  • What is the hierarchy?
  • How do the various departments coordinate activities?
  • How do the team members organize and align themselves?
  • Is decision-making and control centralized or decentralized? Is this as it should be, given the organizational context?
  • Where are the lines of communication, both explicit and implicit?


  • What are the central systems that run the organization? Consider financial and HR systems, communications and document storage, and, of course…project management!
  • What are the controls, and how are they monitored and evaluated?
  • What internal rules and processes does the team use to keep on track?
  • Are we using any legacy technology that is outdated and causing significant problems or bottlenecks?

Shared Values.

  • What are the core values of the organization?
  • What is the corporate/team culture?
  • How strong are the values
  • What are the fundamental values that the company/team was built on?


  • How participative is the management/leadership style?
  • How effective is that leadership?
  • Do employees/team members tend to competitive or cooperative?
  • Are there real teams functioning within the organization, or are they just nominal groups?


  • What positions or specializations are represented within the team?
  • What positions need to be filled?
  • Are there gaps in required competencies?


  • What are the most vital skills represented within the company/team?
  • Are there any skills gaps?
  • What is the company/team known for doing well?
  • Do the current employees/team members have the ability to do the job?
  • How are skills monitored and assessed?

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