Growing Adaptive Organizations

Stay Healthy

“Fail Early. Fail Often. Fail Forward.” Will Smith Tweet There are dangers lurking on a journey. No one wants to be robbed or go down in the agile Bermuda triangle. It helps to be aware of some of the common pitfalls on a transformation journey.  Neglecting the people dimension of change Plan everything upfront Overreliance […]

Portfolio Strategy

A Product Portfolio does not happen. O.K. sometimes it does, but in fact in order to reach a certain goal, your goal, You need to have a stringent development strategy and this development strategy needs to be managed, i.e. be aligned with an overall strategy, needs to recognize time horizons, needs to realize that capacity […]

Shared values and principles

“If you’re not willing to accept the pain real values incur, don’t bother going to the trouble of formulating a values statement.” Patrick M. Lencioni Tweet Transformations that start with a clearly formulated purpose and then adopt a common set of principles and values are more likely to succeed than organizations that simply implement practices. […]

System thinking

“To optimize the whole, we must sub-optimize the parts.” W. Edwards Deming Tweet The most significant gains are to be made in managing the organization as a system, not in optimizing components within the system. Optimizing the results for a process is not the same as optimizing that process in a way that it provides […]

Participation and communication

People own what they create Myron Roger, Myron’s Maxims Tweet Participation and communication can be considered as sister cities and form what is actually required for the transformation; participatory communication. Transformation only happens when the people who do the work do the change. Participatory communication requires a shift in focus from communication as a dissemination […]

Enabling architecture

“While we must acknowledge emergence in design and system development, a little planning can avoid much waste.” James O. Coplien Tweet The architecture of a system must support the ability to provide frequent, independent releases to meet business objectives. In addition, the architecture must be easily adaptable to strategy changes. This is achieved by evolutionary […]

Environment of trust and learning

“The glue that holds all relationships together–including the relationship between the leader and the led–is trust, and trust is based on integrity.” Brian Tracy Tweet Trust in the workplace has a big impact on how employees work together and how organization-wide learning takes place. Feedback serves as a catalyst for learning, about yourself, about customer […]

Structures, processes and workflows

“The real battle is not competitors. This is rubbish, very abstract. When do we meet competitors to fight them? The real battle is against ourselves, against our bureaucracy, our complicatedness – only you fight it.” Yves Morrieux Tweet The behavioral capabilities of an adaptive organization needs to be underpinned by appropriate organizational structures, boundaries and […]

Flow oriented organization design

“Whenever there is a product for the customer, there is a value stream. The challenge lies in seeing it. Mike Rother / John Shook in “Learning to See” Tweet In Flow-oriented organization design we learn how to setup the company from an outside-in perspective around the ultimate goal to create value for customers. Most organizations […]

Strategic workforce development

“To win the marketplace, you must first win the workplace.” Doug Conant Tweet In today’s talent-based economy, people are the key element that keeps successful businesses running. In a business environment that is constantly evolving, it becomes even more important analyze your current staffing levels, anticipate future hiring needs and identify current and future training […]