change management

Value Adding Business Transformation Part 2 with Jess Tayel

We conducted a Q&A interview with Jess Tayel, Global Business and Digital Transformation Coach and Mentor, about business transformation, where it should sit within an organisation and the importance of value-add business transformation to an organisation. If you missed Part 1, you can view it here.

Business transformation projects tend to fail, so how can a clear strategy and a set direction affect this?

Transformation principles – the implications for change agents by Nick Kemp

I recently went along to a Round Table event for Transformation Executives hosted by Annapurna Change. There were about 20 of us discussing the inevitability or otherwise of Transformation Programmes losing momentum. 

As the conversation around the table developed, it became apparent that we had very different views of what we meant by ‘Transformational Change’. According to the wiki dictionary a Transformation is ‘a marked change in appearance or character, especially one for the better’. Well, fine, but surely this could describe any large change programme. 

How the Heck do we Deliver Value Sooner? by Jardena London

One of the big Agile mantras is “Deliver Value Sooner”.  They get all excited when I tell them about the client whose Agile discipline was, well, not disciplined at all.  But they doubled their financial benefit purely by delivering value sooner. It’s like a before and after diet picture.  We love looking at it, but are the results typical? I assert that they can be, but you need to break down the need for big-bang results.

“It’s Only Running a Meeting….” by David Beckham

One of the constant urban-myths about the Business Analyst role is the common assumption/assertion (invariably by non-BAs) that all we do is ‘run meetings’. I’ve heard this a few times during my career and it really exercises me. There is a lot more to the BA role than that; in fact there is a lot more to running meetings! As part of my current role I devise a lot of training material and someone recently asked how I go about running a meeting. It wasn’t until I was asked that I attempted to document my thought processes and it proved surprisingly more difficult than I imagined!

Business Transformation in Disguise by Jess Tayel

In the quest of uplifting capabilities, better serving our customers, improving the bottom line or acquiring market share, organizations have a mix of projects and programs to help achieve those business outcomes.

Some projects are scored as critical and complex. Different organizations have different methods of scoring what is critical and complex and what is not. Some organizations would have a clear and mapped out defined scoring system of what is critical and what is not, and some would settle for a subjective measure.

Change Management and Storytelling by Ron Leeman

It’s funny how things trigger your creative juices isn’t it … someone made the following comment in my Change Management and the Brain article post in the ACMP Group … “Great article. It's the reason I did qualitative research on using storytelling as a means of sustaining organisational change” so I replied “Storytelling is great and that much better when you have some great stories to tell. I think that might be the subject of another article” … thanks for the inspiration Monica.

Contextual change matters, it rips the heart out of standardised leadership models by Kashmir Birk

Benchmarking of leadership traits are very useful in operational, supervisory level roles where processes are repeatable and reliable.

Model based approaches to assessment and development at the executive level may well be convenient for management consultants, sellers of leadership assessments who need you to buy into their standardized approaches, but at what cost? When the rude awakening of a competitive market shift, regulatory or political change or unanticipated strategic risk surfaces, they will not be accountable for picking up the pieces, you will.