MWT/Transforms is a lean business transformation approach which combines:

  • Strategy / Execution Bridge
  • Business Capability Modelling
  • Capability Engineering
  • Prescriptive Capabilities
  • Transformation through Competency Centre Maturity

The initial steps of the process are outlined below:

1 - Goals Strategy or Execution Bridge

1. MWT/Transforms does not provide your organisation with a strategy. Although business capability modelling is a powerful executive collaboration architecture that can ultimately enable more effective discussions about strategy, the MWT/Transforms approach is focused on the transformation required to execute on particular types of strategy.

Therefore the first step is to determine if a strategy exists, or to convert goals into strategy. Much debate in the executive management team will revolve around “what is strategy?” rather than the actual definition of the organisation’s strategy itself. This will be ever more true if the wrong strategy consultancy group has been hired to develop your strategy.

Once the strategy is set the MWT/Transforms approach bridges the gap between strategy and execution.


2 - Business Capability Driven Transformation

2. MWT/Transforms is a business capability modelling based approach to business transformation. It begins with rapid development of the a business capability model that represents the target operating model for the organisation.

The business capability model includes a number of high-level types of capabilities with careful consideration of how capabilities relate to one another and how their type will determine their investment strategies, accounting approach, and relationship with the organisation’s overall governance model.


3 - Types of Competency Centres

3. MWT/Transforms is a competency-centred based transformation approach. Unlike traditional transformation approaches which rely on heavy up-front planning and certainly about details, the MWT/Transforms approach focuses on simultaneously maturing capabilities towards the target operating model. Therefore a clear understanding of the competency centres is defined and aligned to the strategy.


4 - Sourcing Capabilities

4. As your organisation will need to partner with external organisations during the transformation period, each capability is then mapped to a set of sourcing strategies for that capability. Far from a binary “in-house / outsource” decision, this categorisation forms the basis for how each capability will evolve in the coming months.


5 - Placing Capabiilties in Competency Centres

5. Your organisation can only tolerate so much change; however, the amount of change that can be executed in a given period is also a factor of how capabilities are bundled.

By ensuring the relationship between business capabilities, competency centres, services, and shared foundational capabilities is aligned to your strategy the overall volume of change can be optimised.


6 - Capability Journey through the Transformation Program

6. Any transformation program will introduce new business capabilities and impact existing business capabilities. By managing the overall journey of each business capability – including the period pre- and post- the transformation program – the overall timeline of the core transformation period is reduced.

The transformation program will continue to accrue benefits beyond the focused transformation effort. Also, the transformation will leave less of a “debt footprint” on the organisation. A debt footprint typically occurs when the imperatives of the transformation challenge inadvertently erode some of the foundational capabilities of the organisation.


7 - Appropriate Program Planning for Transformation Type

7. Different types of transformation program require different program, project, and work stream structures. Technology-enabled business transformation (or TEBT, with the indicative program structure shown above) is the dominant form of program structure. However, it is not always the most effective approach to transformation.


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