Gap Analysis

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1 Application
2 Procedures
3 Instructions
4 Example

A set of techniques to examine and describe the gap between current performance and desired future goals. The gaps can include:

  • the difference between the current operation of an activity and the activity vision, sometimes referred to as "C delta V" (current gap vision)
  • the difference between actual and theoretical targets, sometimes referred to as "A delta T" (actual gap target)
  • the difference between actual performance measures and world class benchmarks (see Benchmarking)
In addition to an overall enterprise vision, visions can be expressed for individual and core sets of activities, such as logistics, procurement, product development, or customer engagement. The "C delta V" technique is useful to summarize the results of a gap analysis. The vision statements for a set of activities should conform generally to the criteria for the enterprise vision as a whole (see Content Analysis), but, more importantly, should be as specific as possible with respect to targets and measures.

The "A delta T" technique is useful to summarize the results of either a benchmarking study or the results of activity simulations where actuals can be compared to various targets. For example, during a cycle time analysis of an activity, it may be theoretically possible to fulfill a customer order in four hours, using a variety of methods. Tests of the new methods may only show a fulfillment time of five hours. One or both of these measures can be compared against the current cycle time of one business day. (See Cycle Time Analysis and Simulation.)


  • To compare the current actual performance of an activity to either its theoretical target or its vision.


  1. Select and confirm activity to be analyzed.
  2. Review activity profile information and describe key aspects of the activity in terms of measures of performance.
  3. Develop a vision for the activity and/or identify targets to compare current performance.
  4. Compare the degree of gap and describe as appropriate.
  5. Determine actions required to get to the vision.
  6. Summarize results.


Confirm the scope of the gap analysis. Review all available activity information, relying on the activity profile (see Activity Profiling) and other sources if required. Confirm the key aspects on which comparisons will be made (e.g., cost, time, customer satisfaction, etc.), and determine required measurement activities. (See Quality Measurement and Benchmarking.) Using a table, matrix, or graphic similar to the example shown below, describe the key points about the current operation and/or performance of the activity being analyzed. Conduct research, and/or collect measurements to provide the key details.

Use brainstorming or other appropriate visioning techniques to identify the key elements of vision, if performing a "C delta V" analysis (see Brainstorming, Content Analysis, and/or SWOT Analysis). Use benchmarking, simulation, or other appropriate techniques to determine theoretical or desired targets in the key performance areas, if conducting an "A delta T" analysis. Describe the differences, and identify the actions required to reach the vision or target, using an appropriate technique such as Force Field Analysis, Brainstorming, and/or Transition Planning. Be sure to include all aspects of change: managerial, operational, social, and technological (MOST).

These actions can be summarized in terms of milestones, based on an appropriate time line, after they have been developed. Present as required.


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