Pace Layers help visualize, distinguish, and discuss different kinds of work and teams within an organization. Here, I bring together a bunch of great thinking into a single construct. Enjoy!
RACI is vague, hard to use, and reinforces the "what the hell is happening here" status quo. DICE is specific, easy to use, and shines a bright light on dysfunction.
I adore shared scheduling as a tool for designing business. tl;dr At Black Glass we're synchronizing five "office closed" weeks and four mandatory (at a minimum!) weeks of PTO.
Instead of having The Boss Decide™, use this facilitation method to make the wisest decision possible with the minimum amount of preparation and politics.
Role-Based Team Structure is the best way to articulate expectations for your team. It provides durability, flexibility, and clarity. It builds a playbook for running your team. But perhaps most importantly, it helps divvy up the work in a more equitable, sane way.
Strategic Compression is a way to improve the usability of strategic thought. If your business, project, function, division or team are facing high uncertainty, you need an adaptable, usable approach.
TL;DR: PowerPoint is a terrible tool for organization design, and we need a trusted alternative designed to match our values. And, sorry, leader-owned maps of reporting lines aren't the answer.
Hierarchy lets leaders learn more; it pushes the org to learn about itself, not about customers; it creates busywork. A network of teams is the answer.
This is probably one of the best things I've listened to on the opportunity for Organization Design in the Financial Services space. It's a podcast from Investor's Field Guide, and at the surface is about how Stripe thinks about investing its capital into growth, and generally about running businesses. I
Explaining why big, transformative top-down projects never seem to work, and two simple recommendations to fix the glitch: less strategy; more structure.