It is worth casting our minds back to how our parent’s and grandparent’s generation did business to get an idea of how much things have changed and how quickly technology moves on.
When working on business transformations, I often start by showing the team a hybrid image of Marilyn Monroe and Albert Einstein, which was created by Dr. Aude Oliva at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
It is amusing that numerous Lean experts cite the McDonald's fast-food system as a Lean system when in fact it is an excellent mass-production system. It does not even qualify as fake Lean, because it is not trying to pass itself off as Lean. Rather, it is the confusion in the minds of the so-called Lean experts. So, what are they getting confused about? Most likely it is about the concept of on-demand, flow and standardisation.
A brief introduction to the article: Many Agile and Lean practitioners who have been in the business for some time learn to differentiate between transformation efforts that are real and deep-rooted and those that are sincere yet superficial. Often practitioners will say amongst themselves that a transformation is the real deal or a cargo cult, and this article aims to expand upon the origins of the term cargo cult and why there are cautionary lessons for all of us involved in and advocate Business Agility and Adaptability.
Autumn is on the horizon, and apparently, September is the new January, so it is back to reality. In August, we were very busy with clients and preparing for September's conferences and other engagements. In this news review we will be highlighting (1) the CAFÉ Change Planner workshop, because we will be offering a taster session this month, (2) a presentation Agile Does Not Equal Business Agility and Adaptability, (3) upcoming events and (4) our top posts for the month.
As always, if you would like to discuss any of these items or would simply like to have an informal chat on strategy, please get in touch.
Our new eBook, Change Readiness: Planting the Seeds for Change Success, is out and available to help you through your change programme. We'll be publishing one chapter each month in our blog. This will be followed by a webinar to discuss issues raised by that section.
Originally published in CIO Magazine, my article's audience is C-Suite Executives, Change Leaders and Middle Managers and those interested in eliminating waste, creating value, and ultimately, creating a business with Agility and Adaptability.
Imagine yourself at a party where everyone is having great time. Suddenly someone turns on the lights, and everyone looks around. What do they see? One huge mess – which up till this point had not been visible. In terms of business transformation be it Lean, Agile or Adaptive, this ‘putting on of lights’ represents the key challenge. It is about letting all in the organisation see, in the clear light of day, the mess or waste that their company is continuing to create.
Most people I speak to think that measuring the work climate of a company is interesting. But when I point out that work climate actually has a direct impact on profitability they tend to listen just a little more intently. The tool we use to measure organisational climate within businesses is called Climetrics®.