Part I (Stop Reading Exception Reports) highlighted the need for organizations to embrace ACM (Adaptive Case Management) and BPM (Business Process Management) to provide in-line orchestration and governance. The objective here is to allow top management to break away from firefighting mode.
In Part II (The Whole Is Greater Than The Sum Of The Parts), we saw how RALB (Resource allocation, leveling and balancing) in Case environments can streamline work performance. The objective here is to allow knowledge workers to increase their productivity so that they have more time to devote to innovation.
Then, in Part III (Reach For The Sky), we saw how minor restructuring (staff empowerment, improved use of committees/meetings, putting in place oases, contingency budgeting, life-cycle ROIs, fast-tracking of worthy initiatives) can provide an environment that is conducive to innovation.
Action Is Required
No benefits will come out of these recommendations unless/until you take action.
Reading “buy low/sell high” articles, attending “feel good” motivational seminars, or starting up internal “Let’s innovate” campaigns will not help.
What is needed is a 2-3 day visit from an experienced facilitator to take you through a process where all of your corporate assets plus intelligence needed to make strategic decisions and authorize operational initiatives can be consolidated to one place. The objective is to build and have ready for use, an inventory of corporate assets, not talk about the importance/benefits of having such an inventory. Stay clear of consultants who borrow your watch to tell you what time it is.
The environment of choice for building an inventory of corporate assets (plant, equipment, facilities, staff, products, products under development, customers, competitors, relevant legislation) is a free-form search Knowledge Base. Once you have this in place you will be able to use it for strategic planning and operations monitoring.
Your Kbase will become your main means of increasing competitive advantage.
Stop Reading Exception Reports – Part I
(Put Guidance and Governance In-Line)
The Whole is Greater Than The Sum Of The Parts – Part II
(Put RALB – Resource Allocation, Leveling and Balancing In-Line)
Reach for the Sky – Part III
Pulling It All Together – Part IV