STRAD is a revolutionary yet easy-to-use
software package for managers and small planning groups. STRAD
offers you fast, flexible support whenever you must chart a way
through a tangle of tough decisions, while contending with daunting
uncertainties and fast-moving events.
Developed in Britain, STRAD now has users
in over 30 countries. These include managers in business and the
public sector; planners and co-ordinators; consultants and policy
support staff; and teachers and students in schools of management,
planning and public policy.
Based on the principles of the Strategic
Choice Approach, STRAD is a tool for helping people who are
involved in processes of developmental decision making -
processes in which every decision taken can be expected to influence
the shape of the future choices to be made.
In such a process, your choice of strategy
for managing uncertainty can be all-important. As research on
group decision-making has demonstrated, your response to
uncertainties about guiding values, and about the actions of other
parties, can be just as crucial as your response to uncertainties
about circumstances and trends.
What is unique about STRAD is that it
enables you to respond to all these kinds of uncertainty in a
dynamic and resource-effective way, building a basis for future
decisions while simultaneously agreeing how to act in important
areas of choice that cannot wait.
Such features distinguish STRAD from those
more familiar types of planning tool that are primarily concerned
with the control or scheduling of ongoing operations, as well as
those that look primarily to the longer term.
The latest release, STRAD 2.3, runs under
Microsoft Windows 95, 98, NT4, 2000, XP and subsequent versions. It
is presented on compact disk, with a comprehensive user manual in
colour on downloadable .pdf file, and supplementary demonstration
and tutorial files.
range of applications
STRAD invites you to express the issues you face in terms of three
basic types of element - decision areas, uncertainty areas and
comparison areas (or criteria). So it is extremely diverse in its
range of applications, extending from the level of personal career
strategy to that of national policy planning.
Some areas of application include:
• organizational change;
• urban regeneration;
• small business strategy;
• planning community services;
• new product marketing;
• educational management;
• relocation decisions;
• design of new projects;
• information systems strategy;
• regional development;
• environmental policy;
• inter-agency collaboration;
• transportation plans;
• production systems redesign;