Innovating strategic management and business design through Interweaving

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Grounding and Anchoring

The Concept Development practice plays an important role by grounding and anchoring people, knowledge, and discussions.

The grounding and anchoring are critical for describing, thinking and working with strategies, business and operational models and other kinds of knowledge.

Take the example of describing a Need, something when  dysfunctional would cause a negative outcome. 

Before one can describe a 'Need’ then one must first be clear on what is needed.  It is rather meaningless to talk about a ‘need for a football’ if one does not know what a football is. 

The same applies in many cases, one must know what “Marketing Management” is before one can discuss a “Marketing Management Capability”.

The Concept Development practice delivers knowledge that can ground and anchor many kinds of entities.

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A Point-of-View needs good Stories

In the Harvard Business Review article, “How to Build a Strategic Narrative”, Mark Bonchek inspired me to share how stories are fused into the practice of Interweaving. What caught my eye was he’s recognition of the connection between a good story and a company’s strategy. 

Interweaving embrace storytelling because it is a human centric and work oriented practice. I have touched the subject earlier and here I add another piece.

The new piece of Interweaving is that documention of structured knowledge and (point-of-)views, such as a strategy, business model or safety model, are accompanied by 3 kinds of stories (work to be done, narrative, logic).

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Delivering Knowledge - Moving beyond Blueprints

Delivering Knowledge - Moving beyond Blueprints

In many peoples eyes the main focus and deliverables of architecting are blueprints, or specifications. A focus on blueprints can be found in Enterprise Architecture and Business Architecture disciplines, practices, or frameworks, where architects deliver blueprints as result of an activity. It is often recommended to store and maintain the blueprint in repository as a single source of truth.

An example from the IIBA V3 BABOK “A guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge” and the The Business Architecture Perspective chapter.  

“Business architecture models the enterprise in order to show how strategic concerns of key stakeholders are met and to support to support ongoing business transformation efforts. Business architecture provides architectural descriptions and views, referred to as blueprints, to provide a common understanding of the organization for the purpose of aligning strategic objectives with tactical demands.” … “Business architecture provides a blueprint that management can use to plan and execute strategies from both information technology (IT) and non-IT perspectives.”

However, this is only a part of what is created and maintained during Interweaving and Architecting.

The Interweaving practice and the “Work Oriented and Interweaving approach to Architecting” embrace a shift from a focus on blueprints towards production of knowledge, specifically the knowledge that is the most important to people (salient).

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Creating and Maintaining Interweave and Architectural Knowledge

Creating and Maintaining Interweave and Architectural Knowledge

The interweaving and architecting knowledge is specifically usable for collaborative actions and joint work, such as facilitation, dialogue, discussion, debate, consideration, negotiation, advocacy, harmonisation, and standardisation.

The focus on salience and the interweave provides a backbone for organisational knowledge management and corporate memory. Enterprise Knowledge and Information Management can be built around and on top of these structures.

Furthermore, this focus forms an outline of an interweaving and architecting practice that is supplementary to and complementary with existing professions, such as strategists, business developer, analysts, organisational developers, and designers.

This particular kind of knowledge has a wide range of uses. Equipped with it, we can:

  • develop an intuition for how things (parts of the world) relate to and depend on each other;
  • correlate people’s perspectives, attitudes, and work;
  • observe and deal with complications and complexities;
  • share important information about our ‘togetherness’;
  • socialise to create shared mental models and contribute to the collective body of knowledge;
  • externalise knowledge into to diagrams, documents, and models;
  • answer meaningful questions in our inquiries;
  • engage in practical reasoning;
  • measure, analyse, synthesise, assess, evaluate, verify, and validate;
  • solve problems and take advantage of opportunities;
  • simulate and evaluate options;
  • analyse gaps and how the map and the world align or conform;
  • gain insights and turn them into workable. acceptable, and agreeable actions that change the world;
  • empathise with our neighbouring workers and professionals;
  • coordinate and align work across boundaries;
  • support divergent and convergent thinking;
  • create designs and specifications;
  • enrich collaborative decision making;
  • plan and prepare for joint action and change;
  • realise worthwhile benefits over the life cycle unto the horizon, that contribute to goals;
  • monitor progress and measure performance;
  • learn individually or organizationally;
  • adjust our beliefs, behaviours, and plans in the presence of new knowledge; and
  • much more.

The interweaving and architecting practices are human centred and work oriented approaches that aim to empower people with powerful means, means that realise worthwhile benefits over the life cycle up to horizon. We can easily recognise that knowledge is an essential and instrumental means. By exploring the interweaving and its different strands, we can build a collective body of knowledge, insights, and experiences that help make sense of the total picture.

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Interweaving and Architecting as Storytelling

Interweaving and Architecting as Storytelling

The Power of Storytelling from Harvard Business Review:

The interweave and architectural lenses enables a unique kind of story to be told about our world, a company, department, situation, building, ship, enterprise, or community. This story provides focus and frame on what is important, fundamental, essential, and  Interweaves the parts.

An interweave and architectural story is told a little bit different based on the intended audience and who they are and what they do, who do they collaborate with, where they stand, their attention, questions to be answered, problems to solve, information needs, what they look at, and what they are supposed to do with the architectural knowledge. 

The main characters and settings, the intended audience and their collaborative work situations are important to keep in mind when formulating and telling an story. The passions, challenges, conflicts, complications, and opportunities of the work place are the centre piece the story. Interweave and architectural thinking as well as interweaving and architecting practices provide many tools, techniques, considerations, and forms for the resolution part of the story. Interweaving bridges people and their work across socially, technically constructed and natural boundaries.

An interweave or architectural story can be interactive and live and used to capture corporate history as well as to provide a backbone and structure for enterprise knowledge management. A story can convey knowledge in the form of definitions, descriptions, explanations, predictions, hypothesis, and prescriptions.

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