Author: Adi Muslic, PMP
A recent study shows that over 70% of large-scale transformations fail and transformation risk continues to be a top concern for most executives. This global problem is why PMI invested in world-class research from top transformation experts to create the new Organizational Transformation (OT) Series: https://www.pmi.org/organizational-transformation
There are 3 self-paced courses: Foundation, Implementation and Orchestration. Each completed course will award you with 10 PDUs. You can earn a micro-credential badge for each one upon successful completion of the course exam.
In this article, I will tell you a bit more about the first course, Foundation.
The course is made for project leaders, but anyone interested in transformation can easily follow it. It is well organized, with interactive modules and engaging exercises. You even get to actively drive a transformation in a family-owned company in crisis.
You start with an overview of Organizational Transformation and its benefits, the Brightline Initiative and contributors. The second module is about change, what is causing change, and why there is the need for change.
The next module is Transformation Fundamentals, where you learn about transformation definitions, transformation in business and common challenges. In the Transformation Building Blocks module, you get introduced to the Brightline Transformation Compass - a comprehensive system for transformation.
The five building blocks are:
The North Star - A crisp, inspiring articulation of the vision and strategic objectives for the transformation.
Customer Insights & Megatrends - Embedding a deep understanding of the customer in every change you make, and in every employee
The Transformation Operating System - A flat, adaptable and cross-functional organizational structure that enables sustainable change.
Your Volunteer Champions - A mechanism to harness many thought-leaders from across your organization to drive transformation.
Inside-Out Employee Transformation - A set of tools to make the transformation personal for your employees.
Logically, this is followed by the Transformation Lifecycle module, where you learn about the Three Step Methodology: Inspire-Mobilize-Shift.
The last module is about Project Leaders in Transformation, summarizing what it takes to be a transformation leader.
My takeaways are:
- There are plenty of additional resources to read, analyze, listen, and watch. Estimated time to complete this course can be easily doubled or even tripled depending how much you want to learn.
- There are three key areas that can help all businesses improve strategy implementation:
- prioritization of strategic initiatives
- speed in decision making and execution of processes
- empowerment of teams
I learned a lot from this course, and my intention is to continue learning. I recommend you to put this course on your to do list. It is a good value for money. The course is not tablet or smartphone friendly, so you will need a laptop or desktop computer to complete it.
Next month, I will tell you more about the Implementation course.
Adi Muslic, PMP