One of the risks that the group identified at the planning stages was a lack of employee buy-in and understanding from employees which could reduce the number of questionnaires filled out. Luckily, this was not the case. Surveys were provided to 25 employees, and 16 were returned back to our strategic plan group. The majority of the employees who did not return the questionnaire were a part of a Department that had multiple employees doing the same or similar tasks. This gave the group assurance that a large enough sampling was received to be able to analyze and move on to future phases.
Another risk that was identified at the beginning of phase one was the possibility of insufficient data due to employees not fully identifying the number of data sources and analytical methods in use in their roles. This risk did not become a reality as employees were given several weeks to complete the survey and were provided with an introduction on what the strategic plan projecct was looking for. The majority of the returned questionnaires included properly identified data souces, data, and analytical models. However, the group did acknowledge that the possibility of gaps in information is still a reality, so interviews will be conducted with departments at a later time in the project following the summarization to take place in phase 2.