How to address organizational fragmentation

How to address organizational fragmentation

I recently had the chance to sit with a number of middle managers and discuss a core client interface process involving a number of different roles, functions, and innovation projects across the organization. The overall setting was a highly hierarchical organization as represented by a neat org chart, a pronounced organizational upper class ...

Five reasons why new forms of organizing and digitalization go hand in hand

Five reasons why new forms of organizing and digitalization go hand in hand

Without any doubt, we live through a renaissance of organization design as a discipline. Organizations large and small engage in organizational experiments. Radical new models emerge, are refined and adopted – be it self-management models like Holacracy, the responsive org movement, network organizations, or tribes and squads.

Building productive communication patterns is not (only) about fixing meetings

Building productive communication patterns is not (only) about fixing meetings

I recently spoke with an executive leading a team of around twelve highly capable engineers and designers working on a variety of projects of different scope, complexity, and intensity. He was lamenting the communication in his team – specifically, that people would not bring issues, questions and information to the once-a-week formal team meeting ...

Management Kits Training Agenda – Update

Management Kits Training Agenda – Update

Upon multiple requests, we have developed some of our Kits into open training formats which we have now planned out for the second half of 2017. Each training provides dedicated room to discuss real-world issues and management challenges faced by participants and relate the learning experience to those issues ...

What's the perfect team size? (Answer below)

What's the perfect team size? (Answer below)

Here's the answer – or rather, the answers: Late Harvard professor and eminent team scholar J.R. Hackmann says a perfect team consists of less than ten with a strong preference for no more than six team members.[i] Jeff Bezos’s two-pizza team rule is notorious, suggesting a size of around six team members (depending on appetite and energy required) ...

Learning to make mistakes

Learning to make mistakes

Why is it so hard to instill an entrepreneurial spirit within corporate structures? One answer to this question has to do with the willingness to make and learn from mistakes. Or, to be more precise, to take novel courses of action that may prove to be “wrong” in hindsight, but which yield potentially exciting insights on technologies, customers, and markets ...

Centralized or decentralized, that is the question

Centralized or decentralized, that is the question

Centralization vs. decentralization is one of the key organization design questions when it comes to delivering a digital strategy in multi-divisional businesses. Do you build one central “digital” unit or team? Or do you put digital resources into functions and divisions that support the respective functional strategies ...

Organization design for new capabilities, or: Do companies need a Chief Digital Officer?

Organization design for new capabilities, or: Do companies need a Chief Digital Officer?

When an organization wants to implement a new capability, one of the easiest org design approaches is to install someone in a new leadership role to oversee execution of the new strategy. Or is it? An ideal test case for evaluating this tactic is digitalization ...