This week's update: We ran the 2nd two-hour session last week and have the 3rd and last iteration scheduled for the coming week. Continuing to get positive feedback on the map. It does seem to help provoke richer discussion and stimulate thoughts. The client is feeling increasingly confident that we’ve captured the main aspects of the change programme ahead of them, and specifically, that we will find & explore all:
- Material risks
- The Major Transition States - with objective/outcomes at each
- Core principles for the transition
- Programme work streams
- Critical cross-project dependencies
- Crucial trust relationships
- End-state clarity.
Next week will move the focus towards the JOIN and SLICE cycles. I expect greater involvement with the PMO and the Business Analysts working on the detailed/costed Business Case, over the next two weeks, will move the focus to ARRANGE by the end of March. To quote Dan Ward: we will have then completed "Start before we start" (recommend watch his Simplicity Cycle videos).
Keeping things simple, pragmatic & easy-to-understand has been key. The antithesis of a Big-Five approach, or a traditional bloated “methodology/framework” #EntArch style: Fast, simple, relevant, and at a fraction of the cost!
On Thursday last, I ran a VPEC-T workshop using the new VPEC-T Navigation Map. The workshop lasted 4 hours, and the client now wants another two 4 hour sessions. The new map received positive feedback. According to one participant:
“The map really helped us explore each area and triggered useful thoughts”.
This is in the 2nd iteration of FIND, JOIN, SLICE. We will complete 3 iterations of all Four Focus Areas (including ARRANGE) within the next 2-3 weeks. This session was part of the design of a circa $4M change programme over next 18 months. We will be using many of the FiD toolset including (but not limited to):
- Find - VPEC-T Analysis (aka 5D-Lens storytelling)
- Find - Hypothesis-based Analysis (aka Best Guessing)
- Find - Storyboarding (aka scripting the movie)
- Find - Situational Awareness
- Join - Concept Mapping
- Join - Metro Map Infographics
- Slice - Action-focused Principles
- Slice - Known-Unknown Analysis (aka Rumsfeld Analysis)
- Slice - Risk Radar (aka Spider Chart)
- Slice - Transition State Planning (aka Wiggly Path Planning
- Slice - VPEC-T (Design Pattern mode)