Methods in agile, sustainable interim management
In terms of methods in agile, sustainable (interim) management, the focus today is on strategy development, digitization, organizational development, project management and change management, which are used in a weighted manner depending on the respective company situation. In the daily business of the projects, I use Kanban, Design Thinking and Effectuation (see below). More on this in the skill set page.
My assignments focus on the agile planning, use and handling of resources to achieve corporate goals. For me, resource management does not primarily mean reducing costs, but rather answering the question of how I can achieve or exceed the company’s goals in the long term. The successful management of this transformation is my specialty. Communication plays a crucial role in implementation – both internally and externally. Here, too, I can provide significant support.
Again and again I see a degree of complexity, especially in large companies, that makes it difficult for employees to understand the connections between the processes. Here I practice complexity reduction, which methodologically has no stringency. The work steps are unraveled here, sometimes just on the basis of common sense. Only when the processes are restructured do I proceed methodically again.
Occasionally I also use the effectuation approach. Rather than looking for ways and means to achieve a set goal, Effectuation is about using the resources currently available to create something new. With impact orientation instead of solution orientation, you answer the question of what you actually want to achieve: Do I want to build a shelf out of wood (solution orientation) or do I want to create storage space (impact orientation)?
Many years ago there was another nice example of effectuation in the Harvard Business Review. A young man was employed at a gas station. He was shown and explained how to effectively and thoroughly clean the car windows. When asked by the instructor if he understood his duties, the young man replied: “Yes, I’m supposed to clean the car windows.” The instructor then said: “No, you’ve to provide clear vision!”. Window cleaning (solution orientation) versus providing a clear vision (effect orientation).
On the next page there is some information about the measurability of my work.