AJC Playbook

AJC Playbook: How to Implement Strategic Projects?

Now that you know WHAT you are going to do, it is time to implement. There are two facets to this.  First is the Project Management Office or PMO, keeping tabs at the high level of all initiatives and continuing to prioritize between existing work (back to WSJF). Second is the individual project implementation work. …

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AJC Playbook: How to Rally the Whole Team and Avoid Silos?

Now that your organization has a Strategic Roadmap in place, how can you ensure that all departments will work together to accomplish these broad goals, rather than each determining their own course of action that may or may not consider the team as a whole? In his book, Silos, Politics, and Turf Wars, Patrick Lencioni …

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AJC Playbook: How do we create a Strategic Roadmap Leading to our Vision?

Once your free-flowing brainstorming session time is over, it is time to confirm your Strategy and organize your Strategic Roadmap.  The Strategy will consider the business you are in (or want to be in) from your earlier vision, mission, values and growth goals; and determine how your organization will thrive in that business. Historically, we …

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AJC Playbook: What’s the best strategy for us?

Developing a Strategy, while often considered a “Blue Sky” activity, necessarily must be grounded in the current reality of the organization and its environment. Only when taking these things into account, coupled with knowledge of the type of growth you want and your Vision for the future, can an effective Strategy be determined. Thus, the …

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AJC Playbook: How to Define Mission and Vision?

Before you head off into the strategic realm, it is often helpful to consider what you are trying to do as an organization (your Mission) and where you want to be in the future (your Vision). Align your team to specific definitions of these. Below are AJC’s Definitions of Mission and Vision. How to define …

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AJC Playbook: What kind of growth do you want?

There are three basic ways to run a business that is a “going concern”– well, actually four – and any of them might be right for your organization.  These are so fundamentally different in terms of growth, however, that the Leadership Team needs to be aligned before going any further in this process. True Innovation …

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AJC Playbook: How to Define a Company’s Core Values?

What does your organization truly care about? Your organization’s Core Values, those things that you really and truly care about, should be so foundational that you are willing to hire, coach, develop, and ultimately fire people based on how well they live them out. These values should speak to your “Why” – to borrow from …

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AJC Playbook: Sharing our Methodology

While AJC typically helps with Execution or Implementation work as (Agile) Project Managers and Change Managers, there is much strategic and prioritization effort involved before we can truly get to this phase of work. AJC’s Playbook tells how AJC recommends sifting through those aspects of strategic preparation as well as practical implementation or execution so …

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