So we didn't get the response we expected when we asked for more resources to do this new 'stuff' which we are sure will change things for the better round here!
"I know we resolved to get more resource to do new things but it didn't work out".
Shoulders droop.. 2008 is going to be as boring as 2007.
"But hang on! Last weekend I found this book at a second-hand bookstall. It is called Competing for the Future by Gary Hamel, C. K. Prahalad in 1996."
Chapter 7 talks of Strategy as Leverage. In particular it talks on page 175 of 5 ways of Resource Leverage:
"Resource leverage can be achieved in five fundamental ways: by more effectively concentrating resources on key strategic goals, by more efficiently accumulating resources, by complementing resources of one type with those of another to create higher-order value, by conserving resources wherever possible, and by rapidly recovering resources, minimising the time between expenditure and payback."
I once had the pleasure of leading a Design and Technology Group whose mission was to bridge the qulity divide between aesthetic intent in the Design House and the implementation in our Suppliers. We needed to do more with less so we resolved to tackle the resource leverage by proposing a strategic thrust as a hypothesis.
We will achieve this by: Identifying our key internal and external 'customers' who we interface/interact with on project teams
(e.g. a discussion about deciding> discovering>describing> defining>demonstrating>deploying...
The goal here is to focus on the things that give greatest value to our customer at least cost (expenditure of effort, etc.) to ourselves!
Speed is the key here. Can we iterate faster so that we can get more decisions made faster rather than go more slowly to suit other people's cycle times. We need to work on making ourselves more attractive to make this work!
It is amazing how much resource can be 'discovered'. In order to keep accessing it we need to maximise our value to the business!