Category: Change Management


The Case for Business Process Management

We’ve seen a clear trend on many of our service design projects. Everybody is talking about the importance of adopting a client-centric approach. It makes sense, after all, to position the client at the centre of our service design efforts.  But doesn’t it also make sense to include Business Process Management (BPM) in our early planning activities? read more

Data-driven decision making: To value or not to value – that is the question

The topic of performance measurement is on everyone’s mind these days.  Government departments are being asked to adopt data-driven decision making, and in response I bear witness to organizations striving to respond to this call for action.  I also see those same organizations struggling to understand how to respond.

What does data-driven decision making mean? read more

Reflecting on Change Management + 2016 best practice

Think back to when you were a teenager. Would you have been excited about the future if your parents told you they were moving the family to a different city and you were leaving all your friends, switching schools and starting over…but they didn’t seem thrilled at the idea, couldn’t tell you why you were moving, or what the long-term prospects were? Would you have been able to see why the move was important to the whole family? Parents are the leaders of families, and we instinctively look to them for guidance. In this case, they set you up to be worried, upset and anxious from the start by not being effective sponsors of change.

A similar dynamic exists in organizations if leaders are ineffective change sponsors.

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What could business process mapping possibly have to do with enabling work?

Enabling work includes policy development, guidance creation, training, planning, strategy, and reporting functions, and other work which “enables” or “supports” the core business of a department. We typically think of business process mapping (BPM) as related to the core business, and not so much with the functions that support this business.

In fact, BPM and enabling work overlap in many ways. If you’re asking the question, you are definitely not alone. Indeed, you are part of a large majority of public sector workers.  By default, that makes my opinion quite unpopular and out of step with the norm.  But does that necessarily make it unfounded or irrelevant? read more