LEF’s Dynamic Workplace workshop helps you identify and design the critical success factors you need to address in any change of working practice
“LEF helped us take a longer-term view of our transformation, by facilitating a workshop using the Renaissance of the IT Organization research to drive proactive debate on how our IT might look in the future. This had a hugely positive impact on our group, galvanizing the conversation & helping us consider what type of organization we want to be.”
Reimagining the IT organization as an engine for enterprise change is essential for business transformation, but often hampered by outdated methods, technology, and governance. LEF helps IT leaders create a personalized playbook to transform their organization into one that constantly learns, adapts and is a source of competitive advantage.
Informed IT organizations are well on their way to participating in what LEF defines as The Matrix – an embedded, intelligent and societal infrastructure at the heart of successful companies. Shifting legacy enterprise estates to the cloud and cultivating an outside-in perspective makes space for new possibilities. IT leaders who apply a range of specialist technologies and pioneering spirit are potentially protagonists in an organization’s quest to discover fresh business opportunities enabled by technology.
Such a profound pivot in perspective and role is not easy for IT departments and leaders. Unpicking the matrix state – where culture matters as much as infrastructure – and identifying where the organization is on its journey from an Enterprise IT era, through the Cloud IT era to Matrix IT, is a sound start. A key characteristic of matrix IT is where the IT organization contributes greater business value, through better innovation and use of broader technologies to constantly evolve and keep pace with change.
Even with clarity of vision, IT leaders who embrace cultural and technological change can struggle to adopt new behaviours and technologies at pace – and maintain business-as-usual. Most organizations find they must operate simultaneously in three eras: managing traditional and cloud estates alongside embedded, intelligent and autonomous facets of matrix. LEF will help you identify how to run an interim, mixed portfolio, whilst creating your own matrix playbook.
No one can arrive at the matrix capability of constant evolution without taking a contextual look around. Understanding your organization’s current situation plus present and future disruptors reveals priorities and effectively frames future actions. Using Wardley Mapping, LEF will analyze your matrix maturity, unpick delays experienced to date, and identify interventions to accelerate the delivery of business objectives.
LEF’s extensive research includes our 2017 report, The Renaissance of the IT Organization. We’ve combined this research with experience working with leading matrix IT organizations through the three IT eras identified in the report, and mapped four different approaches or ‘plays’ to drive IT modernization, and enable the business to exploit digital capabilities for efficiency and growth. We help you create bespoke matrix playbooks to reshape IT as a force for innovation, so IT leaders will understand the impact of matrix IT, how to identify blockers, and change behaviours and organizational structures.
Single IT vendor play
A default way for organizations to get started whilst figuring out their next steps, before branching off or adding components from other plays.
Control through a platform
Focuses on governance and visibility into the use of cloud services by building a platform abstraction layer across the existing IT landscape of services.
Fast innovation must be supplemented with strong safeguarding that helps enforce the core principles of agility and speed whilst providing clear risk management.
Cloud centre of excellence
The specialist team or centre of excellence (CoE) is a mature and well-established technique used for many years to focus and extract value from new technologies.
Combining presentations and practical breakout sessions, this one-day workshop explores how IT can modernize and rebuild to become a matrix-ready organization. Teams have the opportunity to reflect on their current position, explore techniques for transitioning to the matrix and identify blockers that may be slowing progress. The outcome is a shared and contextual understanding, and agreed plan to get the IT function fit to propel constant evolution.
Introductions & objectives
Agitate: The urgency to reshape IT
Understand situational awareness with Wardley Mapping, digital transformation (DT) & ROIT
Level set & build confidence in language & approach to encourage ambition
Activate: Journey stages & segments
Define the DT journey stage & use ROIT plays to identify required steps to success
Review, refine & discuss true present position
Activate: Create the best playbook
Explore behaviours & blockers for portfolio management & organizational principles
Discuss, debate & agree options
Accelerate: Supercharge a bias for action
Confront resistance to change, uplift pace & clarify definition of ‘done’
Identify & remove barriers to action
Action: Confirm what next
Review outcomes & agree accountabilities to progress journey
Agreed action plan
Clarify the context of the IT function
Confirm its remit & how a matrix
re-organization will enable it to drive business innovation
Commit to constant evolution
Learn new techniques & behaviours that will support the journey