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
Category: Change Management
Thinking back to my time in the private sector, we were implementing ‘continuous improvement’ projects that delivered measurable results. We only really delivered measurable results when managers took real measurable action. read more
The Government of Canada is embarking on a journey to transform into a truly digital environment. This ambitious goal of digitization is possible, if staff are positioned to thrive in their environment. How do you know if your organization is on the right track? read more
Is there something more we should think about when planning enterprise IT initiatives when it comes to change management in an agile context? read more
It seems like everyone wants to know the secret to happiness. We seek experts’ advice to guide us in the right direction. I attended a talk at the DPI Conference in May by Neil Pasricha, a bestselling Canadian author and TED speaker focused on positivity and simple pleasures as a foundation for a more productive and satisfying life. He flipped a common perception on its head: rather than working hard to be happy, it turns out that if we’re happy, we’ll do great work. read more
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
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.
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