I just finished an article on assessing the likelihood that a team will successfully adopt a change, such as a new process. So this arrtice provides an example of how the approach I discussed might work in practice. Lets say that my client, Jenny, wants to implement “Agile practices” in her organisation. So she buys offers me… Continue reading Assessing a team’s readiness to adopt agile practices over coffee
Month: January 2011
Rating a team’s readiness for change
I have just written a couple of articles about understanding a team’s existing world. But how does that relate to the likelihood of a new initiative being adopted? How do we actually know if a particular group will accept, adopt and sustain a new way of working? And what can we do to increase the… Continue reading Rating a team’s readiness for change
The 7-S framework (+2) for evaluating change readiness
I recently explained the “Arenas of Change” approach that I often use to understand a team and its environment. So I thought it might be a good time to discuss another approach that I often use - the 7-S framework developed by McKinsey Consulting. For a proper explanation of the approach and its use and background, it… Continue reading The 7-S framework (+2) for evaluating change readiness
The Arenas of Change for assessing change readiness
To communicate effectively, you should align your message to your audience. And to drive effective change, you should align your change to the drivers and constraints faced by those you are planning to impact. But, as I discuss in a long-winded recent article, that is easier said than done. And unfortunately my solution here is… Continue reading The Arenas of Change for assessing change readiness
Is change hard because people are stupid?
When I first got involved in projects, I used to get frustrated that people so often did the opposite of what was needed. We would roll out a new tool, and they would go back to manual processing; we would roll out a new process, and they would go back to making errors and causing… Continue reading Is change hard because people are stupid?
It may be logical, but does it make sense?
If you have been reading my blog, you have probably heard just about all you want to hear about logic for a while. But I suffer from the opposite problem – Logic-o-philia (not a real word). But a comment on a recent article reminded me that I can be completely logical, and still not get… Continue reading It may be logical, but does it make sense?
Bad logic. Some common fallacies
I was talking about assessing documents (and statements) to see whether they are “logical”. Critics of “logical communication” will quite rightly make the point that a document can be logical, but boring, irrelevant and completely un-compelling. This is true and I should get to talking about it soon. But before I do I wanted to… Continue reading Bad logic. Some common fallacies
Assessing the logic of a whole document
In my last article (“Is that logical?”) I discussed a way to test the logic of a statement. But a document filled with logical statements can still be gobbledegook if the statements are not linked together logically. So how can we assess the overall logic of a document? The first step is to look at… Continue reading Assessing the logic of a whole document
Is that logical?
(Editors note – this is not the article I promised to write on “Arenas of Change” – I got distracted by the wondrous world of logic). I promised a class that I would write something on “The Arenas of Change”, which is a theory about how teams interpret reality. The theory is based on the… Continue reading Is that logical?