What is it?
Pressure testing is a 360-degree check of a business strategy or plan that reveals blind spots within the organisation and assumptions that may be held by members of the team. It is a stress test to evaluate plans before committing resources into action to identify risks and opportunities.
Each test is short in duration (usually half a day to a full day) and provides a significant impact as a result. We deliver a range of tests, including a Red-vs-Blue Team challenge, Pre-Mortem tests and ‘Thinking Outside In’ tests. These ensure that a robust challenge is given to any plan, scrutinising it from all stakeholder perspectives. A degree of preparation and design in advance is all that is needed.
Pressure testing can address a range of complex internal and external challenges, including: business continuity plans, cyber threats, potential regulatory changes, policy changes, centralisation, acquisitions, investment etc.
Why is it important in decision making?
In every business situation or plan there is uncertainty and a degree of risk. We use pressure testing techniques to identify a company’s blind spots. Using a collaborative approach and the organisation’s collective intelligence, we can enable the company to identify weaknesses, previously unrecognised opportunities, risks and actions needed to address them.
Pressure testing aligns internal stakeholders and gets them to cooperate and find solutions.
It allows all stakeholders to understand the complexity of the problem and present a controlled challenge to group think while dealing with any internal conflicts.
This results in execution success saving companies a lot of money in unsuccessful ventures. Our results show that companies who pressure test their plans save over 10% on their delivery costs, due to avoiding mistakes, crises and over-runs.
How We Help Fix It?
Our aim is to help our clients understand blind-spots within the organisation.
Pressure testing stakeholders from all areas of the business, including the regulator, clients and suppliers, can ensure that what you are intending to do is as attractive to the market as you want to believe, and is compliant.
Red vs Blue Team tests
Outside in tests
A combination of the others
Frequently Asked Questions
Do the pressure tests take a lot of time?
Not at all. Most of the tests we conduct are half a day; or a day for the most complex issues. There is a short amount of preparation required in advance, but nothing onerous. We strive to make each pressure test as low impact on the organisation’s time as we can, whilst delivering maximum output.
What sectors do you specialise in?
We are not sector specific. The tools and techniques we use are a horizontal offering, shown to have made a difference in sectors as varied as the NHS, Oil and Gas, Retail, Insurance, Finance. We don’t write plans for people; they produce their own plans – we just help to teach them how to do it.
Are your training courses delivered as a set programme of lectures?
Not at all; the training we provide is highly interactive. Our approach is to blend learning with practical experience, enabling teams to consolidate the new skills in an enjoyable and engaging environment. We find this ‘learn a bit, try a bit’ style embeds skills more effectively.
Many of your team are ex-military. Do they know how to work with ‘normal’ people?
The military are far more collaborative and collegiate than some people realise. They need to have high emotional intelligence, in order to get the best from people in all situations. We have taken those skills and enhanced them over many years of commercial experience, to bring the best of both worlds.