Remarkable

We have best practices, tools and experts for virtually any field. Where are those ensuring that not only the partial solutions work, but also the whole package at project, enterprise or system level?  

More specifically, where are those best practices, tools and experts that …

  1. Solve the mounting conflicts between traditional1 and agile best practices2?
  2. Solve the changeable (root) causes hiding behind complaints, reoccurring problems and ongoing cost-savings pressures?
  3. Bridge the highly complex communication space between organisations and between best practices?  
  4. Identify phenomena3 in complex environments and solve them with techniques suited to these phenomena?

1 Traditional Best Practices: Project Management, Governance, Service Management/ITIL, etc. 

2 Agile or new Best Practices: Scrum, Semco, self-organization, etc.

3 Phenomena: Capacity bottlenecks/traffic jams, tipping points, butterfly effects, etc.

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Open Root Cause Analysis Delivered Answers and Simple Solutions

Open root cause analysis delivered insights and root causes that popular approaches had missed. In turn, this provided answers to the questions posed above, easy pathways to simple solutions and new possibilities for today’s tough challenges. 

The highest-impact root causes behind each of the questions above are, as it turned out, the same across industries, fields, departments, best practices and even brain research. These root causes had become invisible because today’s solution approaches break complex challenges down into supposedly manageable parts and create boundaries aligned to a field, discipline, organisation or best practice. It were these highest-impact root causes that provided the pathway to solutions impossible to find from within the parts and boundaries.   

Question 1 above became solvable by a single word. An open method, responding to question 2,  turned out to have delivered extraordinary results. The highly complex communication space of question 3 was bridged for 30,000 employees with a surprisingly simple solution. Examples responding to question 4 are available through the sliding pictures at the top of this page.   

Through these experiences and advanced networks, it became obvious that simple solutions and new possibilities for our tough challenges are waiting to be explored.

Simple Solutions Are Waiting To Be Explored: 

What You Can Do

1. Ask Guiding Questions​

Whenever the opportunity arises, simply ask Guiding Questions. That are just a few questions that cannot be left unanswered any longer, as their consequences cripple what we do. 

You will find the highest-impact and most broadly-applicable questions under Remarkable above. Additional, challenge and field-specific guidance questions are available under point 4 below. ‘Highest impact’ refers to damage created and value waiting to be released.   

You can start right away

2. Make Your Contributions Powerful

To make your contributions powerful, provide examples of simple solutions. However, don’t waste time with bottom-up and top-down examples that have been tried many times yet encountered insurmountable obstacles. This shortcoming is recognized very quickly these days. To avoid the defect and gain support, you can provide examples that minimize the obstacles and clear the way for bottom-up and top-down initiatives. 

Nonetheless, there will be opposition. To prevent opposition from the beginning, it is advisable to use the technique of possibilities. Possibilities are perspectives that are attractive to all parties.

To this end, feel free to use examples from our list of simple solutions and new possibilities.

Simple solutions and new possibilities

3. Insist on Solid Answers!

You can ask certain questions to determine whether solid answers are being provided in response to the Guiding Questions and to your contributions. For this, it is important to avoid getting into to the control-mode of the past.

The important thing is that the answers lead to trust. That involves promoting the drive to go beyond the tipping point, where projects become executable, and preventing the impulse to fall back into old habits.  

Solid answers make the difference

4. Ask Additional Guiding Questions for Specific Fields and Challenges

Additional Guiding Questions help you to make more significant contributions in addressing specific fields and challenges. Here is an overview of our blog posts that contain Guiding Questions. Of course, the posts include backgrounds and lessons learned.  

Field-specific Guiding Questions​
Guiding Questions for Specific Fields and Challenges

General

For almost two decades, we have been trying to adjust our organisations to the challenges of today’s world. 

Why many unsolvable problems are solvable.

The best practice dilemma.

For Organisations

How can executives, managers and professionals make the right decisions when, with today’s Business Intelligence approach, vital information for making decisions remains, or worse becomes, invisible?

For Health Services

And: to prevent unacceptable behaviour, bullying, vandalism and crime

5. To Speed Things Up

There is no doubt. Effective mechanisms, tools, natural process flows and simple solutions are waiting to be applied. The challenge is that of finding them, integrating them in such a way that the difference is made and preventing fallback into old habits.

Do you want to speed up your initiative or project? Do you want an independent perspective to find the optimal way forward? Do you want to prevent fallback into old habits? If that is the case, feel free to contact us.

Speeding things up