Our approach helps teams overcome a variety of challenges and accelerate progress today while building the delivery capabilities your organization needs to drive strategic outcomes over time.
We take a “dual-lens” approach to strengthen your teams today while building a powerful system of delivery for the future.
THE URGENT LENS. What is most disruptive or challenging to your business right now? Looking through this lens, we want to come alongside your team with immediate expertise and leadership horsepower to help you drive improvement work across your next finish line fast. This is usually our first step as we begin working with new companies.
THE STRATEGIC LENS. When the time is right, we want to take a step back at observe your organization through the Strategic Lens. We need to tie your longer-range strategic vision to your mid-level leaders’ goals, teams, and business processes. Team and organizational structures must often be matured or transformed to achieve this. Our approach for doing this is represented in stages 2-4 below.
THE URGENT LENS
Let’s strengthen a burdened team or process.
Where do you need make improvement, right now?
We’ll bring the added leadership horsepower you need to mobilize a team to resolve urgent challenges fast. We’ll embed any number of proven execution frameworks, like Agile & Lean, to help you define shared goals and objectives, strengthen teams, and drive the work to completion. If you need help crossing an urgent finish line, we can help. See more details on our Consulting Services page. We’ve helped drive urgent improvements in:
- GET PROJECT LEADERSHIP.
- ACCELERATE A PROCESS.
- BUILD A STRONGER TEAM.
THE STRATEGIC LENS
Let’s build a strategic delivery system.
Objective 1: Get clear on the big strategy.
Your strategy ties your purpose to your future and mobilizes your organization to achieve that future. So, beyond your immediate business challenge, it’s essential to establish a high degree of strategic coherence first with your leadership team and then with your operational teams. All teams need to know they are building and accelerating the right things, so you need a good plan for communicating strategy to the whole organization.
You may already have a clear strategic vision and plan. If not, we can help you develop this thoughtfully.
Objective 2: Stable, aligned teams & streams.
Teams are the fundamental unit of productivity in your organization so we need to establish predictability and cadence here first. We build teams around three core principals: clear prioritization of the work, stable multi-functional teams, and validated results. Team-level stability is a foundational milestone upon which we will build future improvements. Some key questions we ask include:
- How do your teams set goals and prioritize work?
- How consistently can teams make & meet commitments?
- How are results validated or tested?
In some cases, we’ll identify a vertical slice of your organization in a pilot initiative and achieve a well-defined, stable operating model that can demonstrate early results and become a model for replicating improvement across other areas of the business.
Objective 3: Flow-based governance & key capabilities.
Along with establishing greater predictability within your teams, we also want to build and integrate any additional capabilities required to achieve the organization’s strategic vision and plan.
At strategic decision-making levels, we will further define a lean, flow-based governance model that synchronizes and brings focus to the ongoing cycles of strategic planning and execution. Metrics are refined to provide greater clarity around both the improvement process and key outcomes, and can be continually used to guide priorities toward greater profitability and acceleration.
Objective 4: Automate & resolve system dependencies to accelerate business results.
As you achieve operational predictability and strategic alignment within your business capabilities, you will identify more opportunities to automate the right parts of the business and break systemic dependencies across your delivery workflow. We want to remove or manage impediments and dependencies to further modularize multi-disciplinary teams that are built around your organization’s value streams, and grant them the necessary autonomy to innovate and adapt to rapid change.
ONWARD & UPWARD
Prepare for your next big win with focused coaching.
Our goal from the beginning of all our engagements is to equip and enable your teams with the proper stability and flexibility they’ll need to sustain the business outcomes we achieve with you. We will train your teams how to set and communicate their own goals as they innovate and drive their own progress toward the strategic plan and vision. We provide leadership coaching as well to support leaders in a variety of essential disciplines that will equip them to help their organizations continue to win.
We are a management consulting firm based in El Paso, Texas, with a talent network across San Diego, Denver, and Dallas. We specialize in helping leaders build stronger teams and processes that enable and empower people, technology, and data to turn business goals into real results.
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