A Practical Guide to developing strategies and tactics for our Agile World
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Flourishing enterprises excel at their current activities, spot changes in their operating environment early and develop the agility needed to embrace new threats and opportunities. In Strattomics, Huw Morris uses his experience from a broad spectrum of enterprises to explain how Enterprise owners, Directors and Managers can use practically a range of established techniques to improve enterprise performance.
The Strattomics series now comprises 6 publications:
- Strattomics: Sustainable Growth for your Enterprise. A Physical Book available from Amazon
- Strattomics: Climbing to your Next Peak without attending Business School – Raising Strategic Agility iBook. Available from: https://goo.gl/gA8Grg
- Strattomics: Climbing to your Next Peak without attending Business School – Continuous Improvement iBook. Available from: https://goo.gl/1yZWfi
- Strattomics: Climbing to your Next Peak without attending Business School – Building Stakeholder Engagement iBook.Available from: https://goo.gl/cN5z24
- Strattomics: Strategies and Tactics for an Agile World. A Physical Book available from Amazon
- Strattomics: Strategies and Tactics for an Agile World. A Kindle edition available from Amazon
The second edition of the three-part physical book opens with a focus on Continuous improvement. After consideration of critical to quality (from the perspective of customers) and critical to process factors, there is a focus on building quality into work and the plan, do, check, act cycle as a foundation for continuous improvement. Other improvement tools such as “5 Whys”, Ishikawa (fishbone) diagrams, Force Field Analysis and Effective / Attainable analysis are described before an acknowledgement of the need to balance efficiency / continuous improvement and innovation. Please click this link to see a video introduction to the Continuous Improvement Theme.
The second part of the book – Raising Agility – promotes broader thinking about the future of an enterprise as a platform for improving its ability to respond to changes. After a short diagnostic to provoke a self-assessment of the agility of an enterprise, S curves are used to identify the “As Is” in terms of its position on the growth journey and the distinctiveness of capabilities. To help develop an understanding of business environment forces, there is a discussion of buyers, sellers, new entrants, the threat of substitute products and overall competitive rivalry. A further well-established framework – the 7S is then used to help broaden thinking about the overall enterprise, with a particular focus on values. The following presentation provides an overview of the approach explained in the opening sections of this part of Strattomics:
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The discussion includes use of the John Kotter “dual operating system” (“Accelerate”, Harvard Business Review Press, 2014), to engage willing volunteers in organisations to speed the implementation of change. Following the broad assessment of the “As Is”, there is a switch to considering future scenarios and strategic themes to guide the development of the capabilities required for continued success in the changing world. A particular case is made for establishing a transparent linkage between the overall Mission, Core Values and Vision for an enterprise and the initiatives people are asked to spend time on. As a means of reducing the risk of “unintended consequences” the use of the “future wheel” technique is recommended. The agility discussion closes with consideration of adaptive planning and rolling forecasts (including ranges of possible outcomes) as means of preventing the planning process becoming a barrier to change. Please click this link to see a video introduction to the Agility theme.
The third theme in the book is building stakeholder commitment. Discussion of employee engagement / passion is complemented by a recommendation that plans should be put in place to help the development of engagement of all stakeholders. The second edition includes expanded arguments for devoting effort to understand the spectrum of objectives held by stakeholders. Practical examples of the benefits of effective stakeholder engagement and the dangers of stakeholders being ignored are discussed. Please click this link to see a video introduction to the Stakeholder Engagement theme.
A Kindle version of the book is also available.
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