System Model Used With Large Group Redesign Work

Alignment is sought across each of the rings of the model. When designing or modifying the elements within a ring, care should be taken to understand the implications on other elements within the same or different ring. For instance, a change in an information system may have implications that need to be understood to either the communication element or the job roles & responsibilities element. Use this model to help ask appropriate questions about the potential impact of system element changes.

Another powerful way to use this model is in defining minimum design specs. Prior to beginning design work, the organization could define minimum critical requirements for each element. These requirements might reflect organizational values, beliefs, or operating requirements. Make sure you test to see insure you have not over specified requirements.

The real value of seeking alignment and defining the minimum design specs comes from discussion. In the discussion all participants have an opportunity to clarify and test assumptions. As this occurs, participants will gradually align in supporting a position that can be shared with the entire organization. So the discussion and dialogue is the first important benefit. The second comes when the participants of that discussion work to make the outcome real by using it to guide their actions. When behaviors become consistent with the definitional discussion the entire organization benefits. Will it stay constant over time? Probably not. For you have now discovered a tool that can be a valuable aid in responding to change.

Created: Sunday, March 30, 1997, 12:23:59 PM Last Updated: Sunday, March 30, 1997, 12:23:59 PM