Review the results of the analysis
Purpose: review the results of the preliminary diagnosis
Review the system: you should have identified the major parts of your System-in-Focus which render it viable.
8.2 Inadequate Parts
Re-consider the parts which seem to be inadequate.. Do you have an initial idea how to handle them? No, do not yet act. You need some more critical input.
8.3 Part which don’t map
Did you identify any parts which don’t map onto the VSM and therefore don’t have anything to do with viability. Do not act yet.
By now you have:
- Listed the Operational elements.
- Identified System 2.
- Listed the five functions of System 3 and identified it.
- Listed System 4 activities and considered who does them.
- Considered policy and the extent to which it represents the views of the members.
You have also put all of this together on a large VSM diagram, which will give a picture of your System-in-Focus in its totality.
Now cross out those parts of your organization which appear on the VSM from your original list.
Remember to be clear about the System-in-Focus. Anything about the internal workings of the Operational elements should not appear on this diagram. (e.g. if you are analyzing a value stream, you do not add details of the individual teams The boxes 2, 3, 4 and 5 refer to the whole of the value stream).
If you can’t put anything in some of the boxes: this is quite normal for an initial diagnosis. For example, there might be effectively no System 4: alas, you have identified a dysfunction.
At this point you should take some time to consider the implications of the preliminary diagnosis.
Some of the five functions will be performed by people or departments which clearly don’t have the resources to do the job adequately.
In some cases the entire Metasystem will be performed informally, and that may be fine.
There will be some jobs which are left on your list after filling in the VSM. Are they necessary? Some will be support jobs, like machine maintenance. The computer department is a facilitator, which makes things happen more smoothly and quickly. Both these jobs are clearly useful.
But what about some of the committees? Are they really essential to viability?
At the end of this process you should have
- Identified the major parts of your System-in-Focus which render it viable.
- Considered the parts which seem to be inadequate.
- Identified any parts which don’t map onto the VSM and therefore don’t have anything to do with viability.
This concludes the Preliminary Diagnosis.