According to Christopher Booker’s The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories, there are seven basic plots. The Meta-Plot, Overcoming the Monster, Rags to Riches, The Quest, Voyage and Return, Comedy, Tragedy, and Rebirth. Now I am not going to delve into each one individually, but for this blog’s purpose, I want you to try to envision how a Digital Transformation is a “Story.” That’s right. A story with heroes, and villains (DON’T say any names out loud), the plight of some kind, hurdles and obstacles, Oh My!
Why, you may be asking, should you view it in this way? Simple. It’s true. A DX Initiative, regardless of scale, is a story. Start to finish. It can be an article (like a small project), a good book to read on the plane, or a classic novel that takes time and deep comprehension (think enterprise-scale transformation or continuous improvement programs).
Okay, but how the hell does that translate into the real world, you ask? Any initiative or program must be pitched through a solid, researched, and honed business case before the green-light is given. Then mountains of assessments, documentation, meetings, emails, tests, changes, contracts upon contracts, oh so many damned contracts. By the end of the program, an amazing story has been told. The real question your leadership will ask (and don’t fool yourself, they certainly will be asking) is if it’s a good read, or not. Was it worth the time and effort? Moreover, can you look back over the past year, two years or more, and be able to see a good storyline? Does it even make sense?
More times than not, improper documentation, lack of governance, and moreover timely decisions not made, or disconnected teams or streams unknowingly affected by those decisions cannot be tracked in an audit. Nonetheless, in real-time. Meaning no one knows the how’s or why’s of decisions, scope changes, impacts, and contract negotiations, or even billable hours and receipts. In the end, the initiative, program, or project was simply a bad read, that yielded no benefits to the organization.
This is the reason that AMIGO by Platinum PMO is a great platform for DX initiatives. Regardless if you wish to utilize it for only a small piece or two of a program, or soup to nuts, it will bind together your documentation, resources, planning, and execution into a readable, highly understandable story, that can be presented with clarity and provide motivation and inspiration as the plot carries forward. As well as in hindsight.
This time we are currently in is uncertain. However, organizations are having to ramp up their transformation projects. Be it for a remote workforce, or customer-centric solutions, it is a “have to” proposition now and going forward.
I invite you to reach out to myself or my team and let us show you the value that AMIGO can provide your organization. It is so much more than cost containment, and ROI than other tools tout, but fall short. It is a paradigm shift that will empower your organization to catapult through the needed change and create a future state that is truly desired.
Follow the link HERE for an overview and to connect. Click HERE for a deeper dive into AMIGO and to connect with me immediately to set a time for a Live DEMO. I promise you will see the exceptional value, stability, and controls we are offering your organization. In this time, it is necessary to take every opportunity to safeguard not only your current resources but your organization’s future. We at Platinum PMO would love the opportunity to assist you with just that!