Posts Tagged ‘decision making’

Predictable & resilient programs

15 November, 2013

Too many efforts get lost in complexity or frustration.

“I wish we had known before, what we know now; we never would have started this project”

“Why don’t they listen to us?” asked the project manager himself about management

Many programs keep their focus regardless changes in the system around them

We live in a world that is dynamic and always in motion. That’s a fact. So, how can we know today, what will be the challenge of tomorrow? The answer is simple: we do not know, unless…

Starting a program is to achieve some goal that was defined yesterday. How do you manage a program that aims to achieve something that may or may not be changed while you do your utmost best to get there? How can you early recognize a changing goal that you targeted?

Organizations need to be able to apply a kind of rocket that is guided to it’s moving target by means of laser. Listen2Change offers this management guidance. We provide the laser beam that the decision maker transfers into an adjusted focus, based on new knowledge of the target and the system.

A program in a system influences the system and is impacted by unpredictable agents in that system and events outside that system.

We visualize the influences and resulting changes on regular basis (daily, weekly, ..). It enables weak signal detection to identify risks or opportunities.

For this we use short anecdotes from all stakeholders in the system. Each anacdote-teller adds predefined ‘tags’ or signifying data to their anecdote. The signification provides navigation through the hundreds of anecdotes. it unleashes understanding detailed changes and impact from the perspective of each participant.

The underlying assumption is that people exchange information via stories. The stories are triggered by open questions and gathered independent from each other.  The complete set of stories provide a true reflection of the  reality. As it is continuous it truly provides your laser beam towards a moving target.

The method provides any program or mission the means to start without a clear understanding of the final result. This result will emerge from the running program and its impact in the system.

 

Sensemaking based employee satisfaction surveys for happy employees

7 June, 2012

Sensemaking based surveys supports organizations that wants to engage all their employees in strategic and tactical decision making, innovation and knowledge generator.
We at TOP innosense make this promise a guarantee.

Everybody knows those standard surveys which state for example that the satisfaction rose from 6.7 last year to 6.8 this year. Everybody a bonus! But what these types of old fashioned surveys lack, is the actual engagement of all staff in the overall and daily strategic and tactical decision making, innovation and knowledge generator if the company. What a waste!

How to accomplish this? Simple by using the Cynefin framework and the supporting Sensemaking® software.

Managing an organization or any sized group of people is a complex task. There are too many stakeholders, events or other types of modulators that interact continuously and unpredictable. Any change can only be explained on hindsight. So starting with a predefined plan on any level (strategic or tactical) is doomed to fail.

Sensemaking lets the organization continuous listening to the (coffee machine) anecdotes or micro-stories. It enables all employees to enter their thoughts and ideas. The gathering is either written or spoken text, a picture or a photo. The anecdotes are provided additional meaning by the original authors. When also external stakeholders are invited to enter their thoughts, ideas and opinions in the Sensemaking database, the organization has an in depth knowledge on what is at stake below the surface,

Cynefin shows how to addressed and manage complex problems. Experiments supports learning and identifying in which direction the company and it’s strategy flows. Because of the agile approach, the company is continuously and fluently able to manoeuvre effectively.

Anyone in the organization is able to see the stories entered (continuous monitoring). Because the process is real time, your story is read and used tomorrow. This enables quick adaption of decisions directly after decisions have been made. This in turn enables adjusting decisions early in the process, when the cost or repair is still low, or the impact still limited.

What of all the above is the result on the morale of the employees? I guess you know 😉