Managing Change in a World of Iterative Transformation.

How do we do this… What does it mean in practice?

In this mini-series we explore Gate One’s perspective on Iterative Transformation and how our differential approach can help your organisation achieve success.

INSIGHT: Change begins with the few

Our perspectives on Iterative Transformation

Change energy must be directed intelligently and applied to delivery in ‘bursts’ to avoid long-term fatigue. It always begins with a small inner core of people – a coalition of the willing and the influential who will stay the course as change radiates outwards, gathering momentum with each reverberation.

The Gate One difference: our response to this

  1. We embed small, high calibre teams alongside your internal experts, acting as a more powerful catalyst for change than an army of less experienced consultants.
  2. Alongside your teams, we act as a ‘force multiplier’ of your internal business expertise, shaping the path towards your vision and helping to create the decisive ‘tipping points’ along the way.

INSIGHT: One size does not fit all

Our perspectives on Iterative Transformation

Iterative transformation, by definition, means you need to try different approaches at different times. Traditional ‘waterfall’ project delivery is outmoded and unsuited to large-scale organisational change, but nor is wholesale adoption of alternative approaches, such as Agile, and panacea.

The Gate One difference: our response to this

  • Without exception, our consultants are highly experienced programme and change managers with a track record of delivering transformation in multiple industry sectors. We bring this best practice experience of varied delivery environments to all of our assignments.
  • Our consultants understand where ‘theory meets practice’ and tailor our services to your situation over the whole delivery lifecycle. We know when there is no substitute for rigorous planning as well as when to embrace aspects of other delivery methods such as Agile and Lean; achieving this pragmatic balance is our hallmark.

INSIGHT: ‘Stubborn agility’ helps stay the course

Our perspectives on Iterative Transformation

Balancing strategic focus with responsiveness to new opportunities is crucial: we call it ‘stubborn agility’. Organisational strategy will be buffeted by many internal and external factors during the transformation – a breeding ground for internal politics. Stakeholders will waver in their conviction of the end game and their perceptions need to be continuously and proactively managed.

The Gate One difference: our response to this

  • We prize that rare blend of business acumen, programme management and change management expertise. As such, our consultants combine a rigorous delivery skillset with genuine strategic insight, operating comfortably at the intersect between ‘big picture’ and technical detail.
  • Well used to volatile ‘political’ environments, we challenge conventional wisdom and ‘groupthink’ in your organisation, helping you resolve both the strategic business problems as well as the practical realities of front-line implementation.

INSIGHT: Access deep expertise from many partners

Our perspectives on Iterative Transformation

Diverse, deep specialist expertise will be needed over the lifetime of a large-scale transformation effort. This cannot be found in a single delivery partner, however capable in their field. On the other hand, many organisations lack the necessary maturity in complex multi-vendor management to exploit opportunities provided by niche specialists.

The Gate One difference: our response to this

  • Our people are industrious and entrepreneurial but we do not claim to be all things to all men. We are independent advisors with strong relationships with a range of other specialist organisations – from niche software developers to well-known academic institutions.
  • We act as an ‘honest broker’ to our clients, helping them to judge the right time to seek additional specialists, whom to engage, and how to secure value from a mixed economy of complementary suppliers.

INSIGHT: Win often, build momentum

Our perspectives on Iterative Transformation

Grandeur of vision is no substitute for bloody-minded graft and rigour. Success depends on continual momentum, however challenging and ambiguous the environment around you. Take the time to celebrate the smaller wins along the way: they all count towards the ultimate prize.

The Gate One difference: our response to this

  • Our working style is to confront rather than shy away from the delivery setbacks that go hand-in-hand with dynamic, high tempo environments. Put another way, we are not afraid to ‘get our hands dirty’ in the delivery fray.
  • We pride ourselves on combining the positive energy and drive that is crucial to maintaining change impetus, with the grounded emotional intelligence required to build and maintain consensus.
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About Gate One

Gate One is a Business Transformation consultancy that specialises in the design and delivery of complex business change - Digital Transformation being a key focus area. We have a simple cause: to make your organisation better. We work in small teams embedded seamlessly alongside your own people. We have the knowledge, experience and approach to get to the crux of problems quickly, shape intelligent solutions and deliver tangible, lasting results which can be felt quickly across your organisation. To find out more please contact us.

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