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How to Conduct a Gap Analysis: Definition, Steps & Example

Jason Westland
Publication date:
February 17, 2022
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How to Conduct a Gap Analysis: Definition, Steps & Example

When conducting a gap analysis, it is important to identify where you are at the present time, identify where you want to go, collect contextual information, identify the gaps, and ask yourself questions that are applicable to your business. The goal of a gap analysis is to identify the desired state, future target or stretch goal, and to get there, you must mark that point in the future that you're aiming for, think about where that should be, what's not happening that needs to happen, what could be happening that hasn't before or has changed, and what needs to happen to get there. The most important details in this text are the steps to bridge the gap and follow up on the improvements made. These steps include basing all improvements on the information discovered when identifying the gap, considering the cost of implementation, and setting a deadline for closing the gap. It is important not to try and close too many gaps at once, as it could break the organization.

Additionally, a gap analysis is necessary to assess whether the organization is meeting the requirements. Gap analysis is a formal study of how a business or project is progressing and where it plans to go in the future. It can be used to compare a current state with a future state in terms of performance. Factors that impact performance include resource planning, capital investment, technology, etc. To bridge the gap, gap analysis involves determining, documenting and improving the difference between requirements and capabilities at the current time. Real-time data can help to understand the progress of a project.


gap analysis, gap closing, strategic planning, business plan, business management

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Jason Westland
How to Conduct a Gap Analysis: Definition, Steps & Example
February 17, 2022
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