Mapping Alignment

This article was first published by Chris McDermott on Medium 9th February 2020 Ensuring everyone is aligned to strategic objectives is one of those tricky activities that require a series of interconnected practices, all telling the story to different audiences who have differing needs for understanding. The story has to be as coherent to executives as it is to those on the teams bringing them to life. However the story has to be told differently. Timespan of discretion Jabe Bloom, building on the work of Elliot Jaques, suggests that each level of an organisation, in particular in an enterprise, operates in…

Mapping meaning

This article was first published by Chris McDermott on Medium, 14th February 2019 When running Maturity Mapping sessions with teams and in workshops I ask teams to map the practices they use. What I started to see appear on maps were activities that I didn’t recognise as practices, a number of times “Feedback Loops’ appeared. This didn’t, and still doesn’t, strike me as a practice. I tried to work round this by providing a list of practices both as a starting point and as examples to use, this didn’t go well. I had clearly set tight boundaries on what I thought practice was.…