Have you been tasked with implementing a Digital Transformation? Are you able to identify the best way to tackle your next Digital Transformation, avoiding the inherent risks and optimising the use of available resources?
Without doubt, Digital Transformations have been one of the most important occurrences of our times. In only a few short decades we’ve incorporated changes in entire business models, go-to-market approaches and supply chains on the back of digital technologies. So many of our modern experiences, across work, rest and play, rely on digital tech. The Internet, smart phones, e-commerce, cloud-hosted services and mobility applications have enabled this transformation. Near-term changes brought about by advances in immersive technologies such as augmented reality are sure to change our worlds even more dramatically.
All of these changes, past, present and future, can only be instantiated through the implementation of digital transformation projects. When done well, we’ve all seen how these projects can revolutionise organisations and even entire industries. When done not so well, significant budgets and resource allocations can be consumed with barely a result to be shown. The opportunity cost can be calamitous for any organisation that can’t deliver on its major digital transformation objectives.
Vast bodies of knowledge, including PMBOK, already exist to show how project management can and should be done. They’ve been created and refined by many talented people over many past projects. Despite this, more transformation projects fail to deliver than succeed. Clearly, there are still alternate techniques and approaches that can be applied to reduce the risk of transformation failure.
“Digital Transformation: Simplified” will show you how to transform your organisation, people, approaches and technologies using contrarian, but easy-to-comprehend and implement methods and techniques.
It has been created from the successes (and failures) experienced on dozens of digital transformation projects – ranging from small in budget, scope & risk tolerance to transformations costing hundreds of millions of dollars.
The contained set of Digital Transformation principles is what we currently believe to be important, whilst fully admitting to it being an incomplete and ever-changing list. It’s a set of tools and insights to add to the many that are already in your repertoire.
Many of these principles are contrarian to way others conduct Digital Transformation projects. However, with so many Digital Transformation projects failing to deliver, the “standard” approaches are clearly often wrong. It requires new lines of thinking and approaches. This book provides you with over 50 ideas as a starting point.
“Digital Transformation: Simplified” shows you better, faster, easier and less risky ways to implement digital transformation projects. Using straightforward language, “Digital Transformation: Simplified” provides a playbook to accompany you on the next phase of your transformation journey.
This book is NOT for you if…
If you’re looking for a big, heavy book that comprehensively describes how to manage projects, this book isn’t for you. It doesn’t provide the fundamental building blocks of project management in all their detailed glory. This book does not attempt to provide the basics of project management, including:
- Define the scope of the project
- Plan the work
- Manage resources
- Estimate costs
- Create a budget
- Prepare a schedule
- Execute the plan
These can be found in many other textbooks. Some of it is already common sense. Some well known. Chances are, you’re already really familiar with the fundamentals of managing a project, so it doesn’t seek to tell you what you already know.
Since that’s a lengthy description of what this book doesn’t contain, you’re probably asking what it does contain then.
This book IS for you if…
If you and/or your team has already tried the standard approaches but are still looking for better, easier, faster and less risky approaches. It is designed to supplement your existing knowledge with contrarian approaches to digital transformation.
“Digital Transformation: Simplified” is intentionally light-weight to provide easy-to-find and easy-to-consume insights and information for the phase of the project you’re at. If you’re about to embark on a project and don’t have the time to over 500 pages of material. Instead, this book is built on over 50 tips and techniques that provide a playbook of novel transformation ideas in less than 100 pages. Each idea has its own dedicated chapter, so it’s easy to go back and re-reference a particular concept at whatever stage of a project you’re at or if you’re stuck with a specific challenge.
If you’re wondering what each chapter covers, the following list provides it:
- Big bang projects often explode, with a bang
- Release business value as early & regularly as possible
- Select your Hall of Fame
- Prune the variant tree
- Documents are rarely deliverables
- Documents and meetings are used as a form of procrastination
- Creating real deliverables
- Don’t document, experiment
- Get creative to avoid / remove dependencies
- The chess-board analogy
- One size doesn’t always fit all
- Managing by contracts (almost) never works
- Managing by requirements (almost) never works
- Start with what moves the needle
- Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should
- Do everything manually before trying to automate
- Clear a path to deep-think time
- Separation of concerns (aka divide and conquer)
- Nobody knows it all, so don’t be a know-it-all
- The confused mind says no
- Are you an energy source or energy drain?
- Data quality can trigger a project death spiral
- Foster safety from well-intentioned mistakes
- The most valuable workers are tripods
- Typical procurement approaches are destined to fail from the outset
- Compromise, not compromised
- Find time for active work, not just reactive
- Design a stepping-stone plan
- Start basic and grow
- Design for a ten-year old
- Plan for apprenticeships, not training
- Don’t think. Don’t hope. Do!
- There’s always a better way
- No project is alike. Build re-useable frameworks anyway
- The more you put in, the more you get out
- It’s easy to make excuses
- Look at yourself and your project objectively
- Start at the high-level and drill down as needed
- The power of blogging surprised me
- If you’re not on the critical path, reduce reliance on those who are
- If you are on the critical path, get off it, fast
- The wow factor is in the graphics, but the business case is in the graph
- People are more likely to accept change when involved in it…
- It sometimes makes sense to do other peoples’ work for them
- Remove clutter before the big move
- Learn to speak in the customer’s language
- Re-frame before any transformation
- Newton’s second law of transformation
- Know where the money flows
- Management by stampede theory
- Diversity isn’t just a quota
- Design transformed solutions to be purple cows
- Transform for a 5+ year future, not tomorrow
Not sure whether “Digital Transformation: Simplified” is right for you?
Since you’re fascinated with Digital Transformations (or are about to be), chances are you’re highly inquisitive, a great questioner and an awesome problem solver. Therefore it’s natural that you might still have unanswered questions – questions like:
- I’m not sure if the book applies to my specific transformation project; or
- My role is highly unique and you couldn’t provide any insights or tools that are relevant to me; or
- The technologies I work with are old / current / futuristic so your approaches couldn’t possibly be relevant to me; or
- I’m not sure whether the selectable geographic regions in the order form apply to me; and
- So many other possibilities.
There’s a simple answer to all of those questions – Send us a message via the contact form below and try us out. We may not have every answer for you, but we’re sure to try.
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