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Diagnosis + Prognosis: Unlocking your Organisation's Ability to Adapt

Posted by Stephen Parry on Nov 4, 2019 4:23:44 PM

Most traditional improvement tools and strategies are frequently ineffective and in many cases are applied for the wrong reasons.  This isn't to say, however, that you have to reinvent the wheel in order to be adaptive.  Many tools, when used in an adaptive business strategy - such as Business Agility, Lean, and Agile, can help you unlock entirely new capabilities and equip your workforce with the abilities it needs to face new demands, head-on. You must diagnose your business, make a prognosis, and create a work-climate that quickly adapts if your business is going to thrive.

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Topics: Change Leadership, Lean, Adaptive Culture, Adaptive Business, business agility, Agile

Burgers or Subs? Let the Work dictate the Design

Posted by Stephen Parry on Oct 21, 2019 4:16:38 PM

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.

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Topics: Lean, Adaptive Culture, Adaptive Business, business agility, Change Leaders, Change Architect, Adaptive Management, Change Maker

Getting Intimate with your Customers

Posted by Stephen Parry on Oct 18, 2019 1:45:45 PM

Traditionally, technologists sat behind an organisation’s IT department walls. When they delivered technology to the designated specification, they considered their job done. Lean, in its pure form, changed this entirely, and its legacy, can be felt in current change methods that recognise the importance of front-line staff and their engagement with customers.

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Topics: Customer Experience, Lean, Adaptive Culture, Adaptive Business, CX, Customer Engagement, Adaptive Management, Change Agent

Method Wars and the Key to avoiding them during a Business Transformation

Posted by Stephen Parry on Apr 26, 2019 4:33:41 PM

Choosing what  organisational change methodologies to use in a transformation program can be daunting, particularly as different tools often become a mishmash -- a confused mixture of Lean, Agile, Business Agility and many others.   If you are a change leader looking to develop yourself and your team and ultimately create a successful business, having purpose is crucial. 

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Topics: Lean, Adaptive Business, business agility, Agile, Kanban, Organizational Transformation, Scrum

Trick o' Tweet and the 'Philosophical' Pumpkin

Posted by Stephen Parry on Apr 8, 2019 6:45:43 PM

As I was attempting to categorise some of my previous tweets to share with a team to whom I was delivering a management workshop, one category, one of the many loose ones, that surfaced was philosophical. And, I couldn't resist sharing this story.

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Topics: IT Business, Lean Methods, A3 Thinking, Lean, Business Tips, Adaptive Business, Agile

Some Tweets of 'Mind'

Posted by Stephen Parry on Apr 8, 2019 3:52:55 PM

When thinking about your transformation program, particularly when using Lean and A3 Structured Thinking, here are some of my past tweets that will give you some food for thought.

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Topics: IT Business, Lean Methods, A3 Thinking, Lean, Change Management, Adaptive Business, business agility

How do you see your organisation? Is it a Marilyn Monroe or an Albert Einstein?

Posted by Stephen Parry on Apr 4, 2019 7:03:29 PM

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 the same image but can be perceived in two different ways depending on the distance from it.

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Topics: Customer Experience, Lean, Business Tips, Change Management, Adaptive Business, business agility, Agile

Lean: An Effective Transformation Tool in the Service Sector

Posted by Stephen Parry on Apr 4, 2019 3:15:00 PM

Manufacturing, the birthplace of Lean, has contributed a great deal to the ideas of flow, just-in-time processes, respect for people and shaping a management system that now dominates much of the manufacturing world.

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Topics: IT Business, Lean Methods, Customer Experience, Lean, Adaptive Culture, Adaptive Business, business agility

The change agent’s dilemma: should I stay or should I go?

Posted by Stephen Parry on Oct 19, 2016 4:16:43 AM

When working with an organisation on an Adaptive transformation, one of the most important decisions has to do with who is going to be the change agent.

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Topics: Adaptability, innovative culture, Change Leadership, Lean, Work Climate

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