Scenario-Based Planning Bootcamp

Learn how to design and run a foresight program for your organization. This Bootcamp is a practical application of the most widely used foresight tool, scenario-based planning.

April 5-9 & April 12-16, 2021


Learning Objectives

The program is designed for professionals looking to build competency in strategic foresight by learning about and practicing the most widely used foresight tool: Scenario-Based Planning. Participants will acquire knowledge and skills necessary to prepare their organizations and themselves by:

  • Leading and facilitating all phases of a Scenario-Based Planning workshop
  • Acquiring a foundation in principal developments of alternative future worlds, what drives them, and how to lead discussions to elicit capabilities needed to succeed
  • Thinking strategically and screening for opportunities that help organizations prepare for an uncertain future
  • Aligning teams and individuals behind the skill of “futuring” to enhance agility in the organization
  • Ensuring strategic priorities are aligned to and drive the right outcomes
  • Bridging the gap between strategy and foresight by learning tools to effectively analyze many possible futures, their needed capabilities, and priorities
  • Leveraging an agile foresight system to guide effective decision-making
  • Cultivating a strategy-focused organization, driven by deliberate thought and consideration of the possible futures that could unfold


  1. Focus on the Future
  2. Develop Alternative Worlds
  3. Facilitate a Scenario-Based Planning Workshop
  4. Analyze Future Investments
  5. Apply to Strategy Formulation

The five day (or ten half days) Bootcamp will cover the entire Scenario-Based Planning process, including “how tos” for bridging the gap to inform strategy. From Day One, a logical path for understanding the required five phases unfolds revealing a practical foresight process; one that is in alignment with decades of practice in both private and public sectors.

The program will help you develop requisite foresight and Scenario-Based Planning competencies, including the use of key strategic tools in order to effectively assess an organization’s possible future environments and formulate strategies to improve organizational performance. You will be able to translate capabilities that may be needed in the future to strategy, and prioritize projects to drive the right outcomes. You will be able to describe the vital role foresight plays in strategic planning and execution, while selecting the future capabilities that matter most.

Key Takeaways

Tool kit


Trend cards

Network of colleagues


Program Outline

Half-Day 1: Overview & Expanding Thought
  • Foresight vs. Forecast

  • Foresight in the Federal Government

  • Thinking in the Future

  • PESTLE-I Framework

  • Special Guest Speaker on Macro Trends and Technology Convergence

Half-Day 2: Phase I: Focus on the Future
  • Introduction

  • Drivers and Poles

  • Future Environment

Half-Day 3: Phase II: Develop Alternative Worlds
  • Scenario Selection

  • Develop Content

Half-Day 4: Phase II: Develop Alternative Worlds, continued
  • Write Scenarios and Vignettes

Half-Day 5: Phase III: Facilitate a Scenario-Based Planning Workshop
  • Overview of Process

  • 20-year postures

Half-Day 6: Phase III: Facilitate a Scenario-Based Planning Workshop, continued
    • Capabilities

    • Gaps

    • Prioritization

Half-Day 7: Phase III: Facilitate a Scenario-Based Planning Workshop, continued: Phase IV: Analyze Future Investments

Phase III: Facilitate a Scenario-Based Planning Workshop, continued

  • Divestiture

Phase IV: Analyze Future Investments

  • Create Briefing

Half-Day 8: Phase IV: Analyze Future Investments, continued
  • Deliver to Expert Futurist

Half-Day 9: Phase IV: Analyze Future Investments, continued: Phase V: Apply to Strategy Formulation

Phase IV: Analyze Future Investments, continued

  • Analyze Results

Phase V: Apply to Strategy Formulation

  • Change Agenda

  • Strategic Plan

Half-Day 10: Logistics
  • Logistics to run your own workshop

  • Class Critique

Program Overview

The Scenario-Based Planning Bootcamp is an intensive, hands-on executive and professional education program designed for leaders and organizations looking to build competencies and skill sets in strategic foresight. As opposed to forecasting, which seeks to predict one likely event, Scenario-Based Planning is a foresight tool that explores many possible future outcomes in order to help organizations identify the capabilities necessary to prepare for an uncertain future. During the workshop-style Bootcamp, participants learn how to construct scenarios and conduct workshops to yield creative solutions and leverage tools to analyze capabilities for investment.

Professionals learn disciplined approaches to writing, facilitating, analyzing, and developing recommendations that fit their organization by being practical, sustainable, and cost-effective. By acquiring these skills, organizations become prepared to effectively focus people, resources, and capabilities for an uncertain future. The program is available in two formats: in-person and live online


Program Format

Ask us about offering this program directly to your organization, in one of the following formats:

In-Person Bootcamp

(five consecutive days)


(five consecutive days or ten half-days)

Upcoming Programs

April 5-9 & April 12-16, 2021 (ten half-days)

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm ET

Live online (via Zoom)

Cost: $1795

Who Should Attend?

The Scenario-Based Planning Program is an executive and professional education program that delivers hands-on understanding and practical tools to those seeking to lead foresight in their organizations, along with those desiring to develop skills to take on more responsibilities tied to strategic foresight and strategy management.

Individuals and leaders interested in leveraging foresight as a tool to prepare for an uncertain future

Professionals charged with leading, managing, or having responsibilities linked to development and implementation of strategy

Owners and senior executives who see the need for more effective preparation for dealing with unknown disruptors in their organization

Professionals building a pathway to careers in foresight and strategic planning and management

Project management professionals seeking to bridge the gap between foresight and strategy development

Strategic management consultants seeking to expand the horizon-scanning portion of their portfolios

University-level business management degree students, both graduates and undergraduates, wanting to further define their value to potential employer

Why LBL Strategies?

  • Our trainers have a combined 150 years’ consulting and training experience in serving international businesses and public sector organizations
  • Internationally recognized subject matter expert(s) in organizational design
  • Recognized leader in organizational strategy development and execution
  • 35 years’ experience offering university and/or association sponsored certification/certificate programs

Instructor Bios

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Robin Champ

Senior Trainer: Scenario-Based Planning

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Dr. Richard Lum

Guest Lecturer & Subject Matter Expert

Dr. Lydia Kostopoulos

Dr. Lydia Kostopoulos

Guest Lecturer & Subject Matter Expert


Lieutenant Colonel Jake Sotiriadis, Ph.D.

Guest Lecturer & Subject Matter Expert

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