Enterprise Transformation

A Pragmatic Approach Using POET

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The ETMC is constructed from the fundamental phases and levels defined in POET.

For the phases, we can consider the Methods being executed and the Culture that exists while they are executed.

For the levels, we can consider the Artefacts being used and produced and the (technical) Environment used to use/produce them.

Phases

To help to focus the mind when considering the Methods and Culture used, the grey text in the background suggests different disciplines that are going on. This information can be considered in terms of:

¨      Transformational Disciplines (Pink, such as Project Planning & Management, Change Management and Requirements Management)

¨      Structural Disciplines (Blue, such as Configuration Management, Analysis & Design, Implementing, Testing and Deploying)

¨      Other Disciplines (Grey, which tend to operate on both Transformational and Structural Information)

Levels

To help to focus the mind when considering the Artefacts and the Environment used, the grey text in the background suggests different types of Artefacts that exist. This information can be considered in terms of:

¨      Transformational Information (Pink, corresponding with the Methods that may utilise them such as Project Planning & Management, Change Management and Requirements Management)

¨      Structural Information (Blue, corresponding to the Methods that may utilise them, such as Configuration Management, Analysis & Design, Implementing, Testing and Deploying)

The ETMC can be used in two specific ways. Point in Time assessment and post project reviews.

Point in Time Assessment

In addition to the detailed maturity measures Pragmatic supplies, the Enterprise Transformation Maturity Canvas™ (ETMC) is perhaps a more pragmatic way of beginning to think about and assess an Enterprises maturity with respect to its Transformation capability.

The ETMC can be used by printing and sticking these large sheets to a wall, or it can be done online, with people remotely collaborating using a web based tool.

Initially attendees are invited to place yellow post-it notes on the canvas with their names written on them to indicate in which areas they believe they work. Attendees are then invited to place different coloured post-it notes on the canvas with comments, indicating:

¨      Green - Things which people think are good.

¨      Red - Things which people think are bad.

¨      Orange - Suggestions for improvement (a positive way of saying something is bad).

To concentrate the mind attendees can be asked to consider projects they have worked on in the past or are currently working on, and think about what is good or bad about HOW those projects executed.

Post Project Reviews

This of course means that the ETMC could also be used in the future as a method for executing post project reviews, where the emphasis is not so much based on what people did or did not do, and critiquing them, but focussed on HOW things were done and critiquing the Methods Artefacts, Culture and Environment used. As well as being a much less confrontational approach, this approach is much more useful as the focus is on improving the system people work within rather than the people in the system.

Questions to ponder...

Do you think the ETMC is a good way to get a high level view of the maturity of your Transformation capability?

If not, why not? What would you change?

How would your Enterprise fair?

Who in your Enterprise do you need to speak to, in order to kick of an evaluation?

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