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Welcome to the Ripose web site 
Newsletter ... November 2001

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FAQs ...
We have received several queries about describing the major difference between balanced scorecard and Ripose.

Balanced scorecard background
Balanced scorecard was developed by a Harvard Business School accounting professor back in 1985. 

Balanced scorecard uses a software product to store the findings of a balanced scorecard exercise.

Analysis of balanced scorecard
From our research, balanced scorecard is an adaptation of management by objectives but with a major focus on four perspectives. 

The balanced scorecard technique has these steps:

  1. Perspectives - Customise the four perspectives
  2. Business objectives - Brainstorm & clarify the business objectives supporting each perspective
    • Strategies - Brainstorm, clarify & prioritise the relevant strategies for each objective
      • Knowledge - Brainstorm & clarify the relevant explicit data / knowledge / information for each strategy
    • Brainstorm & clarify the relevant measures for each objective, and create a graphical representation of the figures
  3. Identify redundant strategies & integrate 
  4. Integrate the data / knowledge / information, creating a single knowledge repository

Ripose background
Ripose was first blueprinted in 1982. 

It has its origins in information engineering, business process re-engineering, structured analysis, object orientation and software engineering and was developed over a 15 year period. 

Ripose uses a software product to store the explicit knowledge and assist with the delivery of quality documentation.

Analysis of Ripose
Ripose provides two generic structures, one supporting the business objectives, and the other the business knowledge classes.

The Ripose technique has these steps:

  1. Business objectives - Clarify business objectives as follows:

    • Customise the 1-4-11 generic goals

    • Brainstorm the measures / key performance indicators / key issues for each of the 11 weakest goals

  2. Knowledge - Using the generic 22 fundamental knowledge classes, expand and clarify the explicit knowledge required to support each of the measures / key performance indicators / key issues 

  3. Strategies - Using the results from step 2, identify and clarify the following (with automatic prioritisation):

    • Core & ancillary strategies

    • Core & ancillary tactics

These steps will take close to 100 days to complete and costs depend on the rates of the organisation's practitioners.

Costs could range from $350,000 to over $1 million

The time and costs to complete these Ripose Technique steps will depend on the size of the business. A more accurate fixed price arrangement will be prepared prior to commencing your project.

Indicative time and costs. 




Small 10 < $10k 1 - 2
Medium 20 $20k - $110k 3 - 5
Group 30 ~  $200k 6 - 15

Hence the major difference between Ripose and the balanced scorecard approach is that  Ripose will save an organisation both time and money.

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