Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Difference between strategy and tactics

What is the difference between a strategy and a tactic? As far as I can tell, the commonly accepted difference is scope. A strategy is typically cross functional and wide and a tactic is smaller and narrower with higher detail. Anyone else have better ideas?


john_doe said...

I'm of the belief that strategies are the product of thinkers, whereas tactics are forged by doers. Obviously you can do both, but in the corporate world the line of delineation can be quite clear. Also, a strategy can be vague when a tactic must be precise. Unfortunately, this dichotomy is the cause of much failure in IT projects.

Mainguy said...

I've posted this question in a couple of different places and this is the most interesting perspective I've heard so far. I may have to expand on this as the distinction you made is (IMHO) spot on from most people's perspectives.