ABM Case Study Competition Round 1 Complete
Oct18

ABM Case Study Competition Round 1 Complete

The SEAS’ advisory board is happy to announce Round 1 winners in the Acme Building Materials (ABM) Case Study Competition.  Click here to access the Original Case Study post. Over the past several months we looked for the most active participants and those committed to work on the case study as thought leaders.  Today we are happy to announce the completion of Round 1 of our competition and the selection of the following individuals as “Lead Consultants“: Ahsan Rauf, Strategy & Enterprise Architecture Ajwad Adeel, Strategy & Performance Iyad Hindi, Enterprise Architecture Dima Khatib, Change Management Raheela Babar, Change Management Jayme Johnson, Change Management In addition, the following SEAS’ advisory board members will play roles in the Consulting Engagement simulation: Regine Deleu, Acme Building Material Board Member (To provide responses and guidance to the consulting team) Fadi Hindi, Engagement Partner (To guide the analysis, roadmap development, and offer guidance with strategy/frameworks) **Note: The SEAS’ case study is a Consulting Engagement Simulation without any commercials or financial/non-financial compensation to participants.  Individuals are participating in the case study as an academic exercise to further their knowledge and careers by subscribing to SEAS’ fundamental belief in knowledge sharing and career growth.  See our Mission & Values on the main home page for details.  ...

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Innovation and Strategy – Offer Management People Competencies
Jun26

Innovation and Strategy – Offer Management People Competencies

Strategy People who have deep experience and acquired wisdom are typically the best resources to execute your innovation strategy. In this post we will use a sports team Use Case. Use case A team sport with an objective to “win a cup” Your players are placed on teams Offense (4) Defense (4) Alternate players (3) Power Play (4) Your fans need to fill the stadium at all games You sell team gear You sell merchandise (souvenirs) Assumption The greatest role on a Wobbly team earns a player a role on either offense or defense teams. Has the greatest skill to adapt to different players on an opposing team Business Strategy In this use case we use the ability to play both positions as the strategy and highest degree of competency. An acquired competency to adapt to any opponent may best be acquired by having both offense and defense mastery The teams are shown below with the greatest competencies at the top and lowest at the bottom Developing the offer Teams Offense – EXPERT – Fast lane Similar to a process or business function type – has a specific set of skills in market and sell Can play both offense or defense Enables more agile players to adapt to the oppositions defensive player based on wisdom of playing or mastering the skill Can play power play positions Defense (4) – EXPERT – Fast lane Similar to a process or business function type – has a specific set of skills in operations and delivery Can play both offense or defense Enables more agile players to adapt to the oppositions offensive player based on wisdom of playing or mastering the skill Plays more than one power play positions Alternates (3) – ADVANCED – Middle Lane 2nd string has the ability to play in one or the other between offense and defense Not as skilled as the teams 1st string Power Player- GENERALIST – Slow Lane Suggest a Play rather than more than one play Specific to the play a Power play-infers a less skilled or limited competency Infers better than an alternate yet not as skilled as a defense or...

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Innovation and Strategy – Organizational Design Strategy
Jun25

Innovation and Strategy – Organizational Design Strategy

Innovation and Strategy "a digital Argonaut" digitalargonaut2@gmail.com Innovation What is innovation?  Well it’s going to depend on who or whom you ask the question.  The purpose of this blog will try to get past definition and get down to what’s behind the words and what people need to do to get work done. Innovation – is ideally ingrained in our culture, employees are encouraged to innovate and leaders reward the employees for their work towards the goal of being an innovative company.  The ability to measure a culture of innovation is far more subjective than any other performance measure. Innovation may be the way employees communicate about the newest offer the companies working on. Innovation may be the way a current offer get’s repositioned or different components used to increase functionality or add features. Innovation IS NOT usually an upgrade to a current operating system. For the sake of argument let’s use the same descriptions above and add a few points of interest often not known or understood by the various functions even in cases where the resources are highly effective, we are unlikely to know what we don’t know. Stakeholder and Operational Requirements High risk offers are the new inventions or offers that are NOT in the market and the industry analyst are decision makers about the readiness and category which the offer will be reported and measured against. The inventions a company and the shareholders/investors agree to accept a certain degree of risk, these are risk to these executive level stakeholders and the organization or agency must acquire a different type of insurance as part of the companies overall risk management portfolio. Insurance for the Directors and Officers (hold harmless – any fines are paid by the insurance in cases of a new offer causing monetary damage) Insurance for all investors and shareholders to prevent loss beyond the investment or percentage of the company where accepted risk was authorized. Medium risk offers are often a way a few existing offers may be segmented with a new acquisition offer improving the offer. The industry analyst will determine the new offer is now advanced which has a footnote to describe the advanced technology as a dollar amount of the GAAP moved to non-GAAP revenue reported. An organization or agency offering advanced technology offers has a greater risk if the features are ahead of their time as the consumers may not be prepared for the offers requirements for more power as an example; or the ability to monitor everything in our homes as another example. Neither example implies negative offers – the power must be available to the person buying...

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ABM Manufacturing Business Case Competition
May15

ABM Manufacturing Business Case Competition

Acme Building Materials (ABM) Manufacturing is the first Business Case Competition sponsored by the Strategy & Enterprise Architecture Society (SEAS).  The SEAS’ Advisory Board is excited to bring this case study to all members and to run the competition to inspire thought leadership and generate great ideas to solve ABM’s ailments. Why should you participate? The ultimate prize will be a professionally produced publication crediting the finalists on Apple’s iBookstore.  This publication will be made available for free download and all the costs associated with its publication will be borne by SEAS. Why is SEAS doing this? This initiative enable SEAS to execute on its primary objectives: Improve members’ knowledge and careers.  The intellectual exchange to solve the business case and professional networks that result from the exchange are two fundamental components that help our members grow professionally. How do I get the Case Study? You can download your FREE copy of the case study here. How do I participate? All the Guidelines required for you to participate are available in the Case Study.  And you will also need to join the subgroup “SEAS – Business Case Competition” click here to go to the subgroup. We wish you the best of luck with the competition. The SEAS’ Advisory Board...

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No bells, No whistles, Just Plain Old Governance!
Jun04

No bells, No whistles, Just Plain Old Governance!

The conventional wisdom suggests, that to be successful, enterprises of all sizes must ensure that they have implemented an overarching system of governance, as part of their corporate strategy.  This is done to facilitate and ensure, the achievement of their objectives, commercial or otherwise. Let’s pause for a second to think about the word ‘Governance’.  What does it really mean?  And does anyone person or organization own the absolute worldwide accepted definition for it?  Stretching this a bit further, how is ‘governance’ related to ‘strategy’ exactly? I did quite a bit of research on the subject and from what I’ve learned thus far, the answer is; well, not all that simple I’m afraid.  Here’s the thing, apparently, anytime there is a breakdown in the system of governance within an organization, especially with the big names, the world media seems to go wild.   Fresh in our minds is the story of the Barings Bank and Société Générale, where apparently, a breakdown in the monitoring of their internal processes led to their famous front-page splash!   We also have examples like Enron and AIG.  Of course, we now know, that their short-lived success was attributed to organized accounting fraud.  More recently, many public and private organizations have invested in subprime-based toxic investments, for which the risk factor had not been identified or had been largely underestimated.   We all know what happened after that. You may wonder, how do we prevent such large-scale incidents from ever happening again, at least in our lifetimes?  More regulations perhaps or, maybe we should try swift, and I mean really swift punishment for those caught with their hands in the cookie jar!  It seems that human kind has tried all kinds of remedies, but one look at the aftermath of the consequences of our own actions, and one can perhaps conclude that we are nowhere near a solution.   Perhaps it is an understatement therefore, to suggest that now, more than ever; there is an absolute and clear need for a more a grounded behavioral change program, one that feeds directly into our own system of values.  The reasons I believe that the system of Governance in general continues to fail, at least in the way we’ve been going at it, is because we are dealing with an ancient trait, so deeply routed in the human soul.  I’m talking about ‘Greed’ here folks.  As long as greed is there, we human beings seem to be more than willing to pursue and exploit holes in our own control systems.  Ironically, the very systems we designed to put us in control in the first place. Of course, it gets even...

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