A Startup Way
A one year practical programme to build a strong, digitally capable team, confident in innovation practices, comfortable with technology, and willing to try new things.
Building on Eric Ries's "The Startup Way" as a foundation text, we work with small organizations, or teams within larger businesses, to develop the broad range of skills that make "eating failure for breakfast" possible.
The programme aims to support the creation of environments where psychological safety can be a reality by working in an integrated manner to develop organizational, personal, technical product and cultural capabilities.
Take control of digital
Digital discovery that works
Get digital projects off to the right start by capturing and communicating your organizational objectives in the right way.
- Take responsibility for the success of your own digital projects
- Work effectively with specialists, and develop specifications that work
- Map your business, client and technology contexts to maintain flexibility
Reduce risks with digital product management
Stay in control of digital projects by adopting essential innovation practices that allow integrated business and technology development.
- Make effective technology decisions in a changing environment
- Create tools and services that solve real problems
- Manage risk with agile processes
Develop organizational digital capabilities
Evolve the ability of your organization to work with technology, developing cross-disciplinary teams and more innovation orientated process.
- Understand the essential digital concepts and language
- Improve the speed of your decision making processes
- Develop the capacity to change by understanding agile methodologies
Create a high performance environment
The key to success in the fast changing and uncertain digital domain is the ability to work with real, and often difficult feedback - from clients, colleagues and contractors.
- Rapidly improve effectiveness through clear, honest feedback
- Cultivate an environment where new ideas are welcome
- Develop trust between your team members
Practical, holistic approach
Real organizational change
We develop better organizations through practical skills. Instead of approaching change as a top down strategy, we work from the bottom up, building competencies that enable you to better function in a today's business environment.
Holistic digital transformation
Digital transformation has very little to do with technology choices - but a lot to do with the way those choices are made. We balance our practical attitude to change with a solid theoretical foundation that addresses the whole organization.
Rapid advances in technology have significantly altered the social, economic and environmental fabric of the world in which we live. To move forward we must transform the very nature of our organizations and our relationship to work.
The changes required for businesses to adapt to the the challenges they will face in the next few years are being approached from many angles. For some it’s “Digital Transformation”, for others it's “Teal organisations” or “Holacracy”, for even more it's simply a need to create a workplace that can attract and retain talent. There is one overall agreement - the way in which we design and run our organizations will have to change.
There are many theories and ideas about what, why and how we need to update the organizational rule-book. None of them are a silver bullet and all need investment of time and resource. What’s more, this process amounts to a significant shift in company culture, which, when imposed from above, can encounter active resistance. Despite all the challenges, every survey and report on the future of work reveals that the majority of people want their work to be engaging and meaningful.
It is very possible to build companies that are both extremely effective as businesses, and provide a meaningful source of work for their employees. In fact, organizations that are able to engage their staff are proven to be much more competitive than those that don’t. We believe that the process of building an organization that matters to those who work within it must start by engaging with these individuals, and creating a sense of the possibility of change.