Many organisations setting off on a Digital Transformation are quite keen to build something like an "AI based blockchain digital ecosystem platform" but this isn't really the point of a Digital Transformation. What matters is how effectively you meet user needs and how efficiently you can do this.
This requires understanding your landscape better (who are your users, what are their needs, and how are you satisfying them) and learning, in real-time, so you can adapt as you go. If you are able to do this then you'll be able to run circles around rivals who can't, despite their oodles of cash, engineers or other advantages. It took 18 months and less than £0.5M for Ubuntu to take over the cloud, out-competing the likes of Red Hat and Microsoft, by using this approach.
Maps can be powerful weapons in the right hands.
So, if you're embarking on a transformation hold off on organisational change and strategy development for now, because the honest truth is that most people don't really know how to do this (and that includes the expensive management consultancies) — it's pretty much all random, blind luck, memes picked out of the air and gut feel. If you don't know how to do it then don't panic as, the good news is, most other executives don't either. Just focus on making your first steps as quickly as you can, as you are setting out on a journey.
So what sort of targets should you be setting for Mapping for Transformation?
As a rule of thumb, by the time you complete the first phase of doctrine you might have demonstrably reduced waste by up to 50%. It's a rule of thumb because few have any real idea of the scale of duplication, bias, misapplied techniques, irrelevant user needs or badly designed contracts in their organisations. People will ask you how much can be saved? What evidence supports this? But no-one will be able to answer how much waste exists. You'll have to discover the baseline as you go along.
If your organisation has nothing that resembles Spend Control, that's normal. Set one up straight away as this can be to your personal advantage, as you're bound to run up a number of quick wins (i.e. you'll discover those multi-million dollar projects which can be built for hundreds of thousands instead). Once you've been able to provide some proof for what you're doing then you've made the first steps and the next ones become clearer and, most likely easier. And PowerMaps can help you along that further journey — get in touch today to learn a bit more and start your transformation journey into the unknown future with a Map in your hands.
Article adapted from https://medium.com/@swardley/rebooting-gds-96b1595096fa