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The Connected Company

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  1. The Connected Company
  2. Dedication
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  4. Introduction
    1. Safari® Books Online
    2. We’d Like to Hear from You
  5. Acknowledgments
  6. Foreword
  7. One. Why change?
    1. 1. The connected customer
      1. The Balance of Power is Shifting
      2. A Wake-up Call at Starbucks
      3. Something’s Happening Here
      4. The ATM Revolt
      5. Power in the Network
    2. 2. The service economy
      1. The Great Reset
      2. An Age of Abundance
      3. An Emerging Service Economy
    3. 3. Everything is a service
      1. The Industrial Model
      2. Service-Dominant Logic
      3. A Product is a Service Avatar
      4. Services are Co-created
      5. A Process is Not a Service
      6. Service Networks
    4. 4. Services are complex
      1. Demands on Companies are Increasing in Volume, Velocity, Variety
      2. Customers Introduce Complexity and Variability into Operations
      3. Why is it So Hard to Keep Your Service Promises?
      4. Customers Resist Standardization
      5. Customer Support: Efficient for You, Painful for Them
      6. Cost and Quality are Not Mutually Exclusive
      7. Customer Service Doesn’t Have to be Painful
      8. Control at the Edge
    5. 5. How companies lose touch
      1. Why Do Companies Lose Touch?
      2. Over-Expansion
      3. Blind Spots
      4. Risk-Avoidant Cultures
      5. When in Doubt, Get in Touch with Your Customers
    6. 6. Structural change is necessary
      1. How Did We Get Here?
      2. Conflicting Constraints Lead to Rigidity
    7. 7. Complexity changes the game
      1. Return on Assets is Dwindling
      2. Fewer and Fewer Companies are Surviving in the Long Term
      3. What is Causing this Increase in Death Rates?
      4. The Red Queen Race: If You’re Not Running, You’re Falling Behind
      5. What is a Coevolutionary Process?
      6. Every Adaptive Move by One Organization Affects Others
      7. Adaptive Moves Can be Competitive—and Cooperative
      8. Adaptive Moves Can Create Opportunities for Others
      9. Coevolutionary Relationships Can be Very Complex
      10. Optimization is a Journey that Leads to a Few Fitness Peaks
      11. We are Reaching a Complexity Tipping Point
      12. The Future is Connectedness
  8. Two. What is a connected company?
    1. 8. Connected companies learn
      1. The Company as a Machine
      2. Closed and Open Systems
      3. Complex Adaptive Systems
      4. The Long-lived Company
      5. Design by Division
      6. Design for Connection
    2. 9. Connected companies have a purpose
      1. Purpose Accelerates and Focuses Learning
      2. What is the Purpose of a Company?
      3. How Profits Can Destroy Your Company
      4. Purpose Sets the Context for Organizations to Learn
      5. Purpose is a Moving Target
    3. 10. Connected companies get customer feedback
      1. Performance is How Well You are Doing
      2. The One Judge of Service Quality
      3. Balancing Promise, Purpose, and Performance
      4. Service Quality is a Moving Target
      5. Promoters and Detractors
      6. Building Long-Term Relationships with Customers
      7. The Net Promoter Score
      8. Net Promoter at Enterprise
      9. Net Promoter at Apple
      10. Net Promoter at Logitech
    4. 11. Connected companies experiment
      1. Moments of Truth
      2. The Problem with Procedures
      3. The Front Line is not a Production Line
      4. The Law of Requisite Variety
      5. Reducing Variety
      6. Absorbing Variety
      7. Freedom to Experiment
  9. Three. How does a connected company work?
    1. 12. Wrangling complexity
      1. The Complexity Issue
      2. Agile Development
      3. Service Orientation
      4. Organizing for Agility
      5. Most Companies are Not Built for Agility
    2. 13. The future is podular
      1. The Parable of the Watchmakers
      2. The Podular Organization
      3. Morning Star’s Self-Organizing Marketplace
      4. The Nordstrom Way
      5. Self-Organizing Teams at Rational Software
      6. Democratic Management at Semco
      7. Can Your Company Go Podular?
    3. 14. Pods have control of their own fate
      1. What is a Pod?
      2. What Kinds of Companies have been Successful with a Podular Approach?
      3. A Podular System Trades Flexibility for Consistency
      4. Why aren’t more Companies Going Podular?
    4. 15. Pods need platforms
      1. What is a Platform?
      2. What is the Value of a Platform?
      3. A Platform is a Government
    5. 16. How connected companies learn
      1. The Growth Spiral
      2. Level One: How Entrepreneurs Learn
      3. Level Two: How Organizations Learn
      4. Level Three: How Platforms Learn
      5. Growth Spirals in the Connected Company
    6. 17. Power and control in networks
      1. Linking Things Changes Them
      2. What is a Social Network?
      3. Power and Control in Networks
      4. Exercising Power in Networks
  10. Four. How do you lead a connected company?
    1. 18. Strategy as a Pool of Experiments
      1. Strategies Don’t Last Forever
      2. Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom
      3. A Portfolio of Experiments
      4. Be Connectable to Everything
      5. Strategy by Discovery
    2. 19. Leading the connected company
      1. Leading from the Edge
      2. Edge Leadership
      3. You are a Learning Field
      4. Influence—Give Meaning and Moral Authority to the Purpose
    3. 20. Managing the connected company
      1. Management is a Support System
      2. Designing the System
      3. Operating the System
      4. Tuning the System
      5. The Job of Managers
  11. Five. How do you get there from here?
    1. 21. The Risks of Connectedness
      1. Networks are Neutral
      2. Pod Failure
      3. Too Much Autonomy
      4. Not Enough Autonomy
      5. Platform Failure
      6. Failure of Purpose
      7. Customers First
    2. 22. Starting the journey
      1. How to Get there from Here
      2. The Organic Path
      3. Top-Down, Leader-Driven Change
      4. Pilot Pods
      5. Network Weaving
      6. It’s Time to Change
  12. A. Bibliography
  13. Index
  14. B. Discussion Questions
  15. About the Authors
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  17. Copyright
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Chapter 14. Pods have control of their own fate

The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.

Phil Jackson

The core building block of a podular organization is the pod: a small, autonomous unit that is authorized to represent the company and deliver results to customers. Pods are flexible, fast, scalable, and resilient.

What is a Pod?

A podular organization is designed so that decisions and changes can be made as quickly and as close to customers as possible. There is no way for people to respond and adapt quickly if they have to get permission before they can do anything.

If you want an adaptive company, you will need to unleash the creative forces in your organization, so employees have the freedom to deliver value to customers and respond to their needs more dynamically. One way to do this is by enabling small, autonomous units that can act and react quickly and easily, without fear of disrupting other business activities: pods.

A pod is a small, autonomous unit that is enabled and empowered to deliver the things that customers value.

Process to Pod

Traditionally, it’s been the job of managers to coordinate activity across divisions or lines of business, because processes are usually complex and interdependent. Making changes in one part of the process might solve a problem for that unit but cause problems for others.

The goal of podular design is to reduce that interdependency by enabling autonomous teams to focus on clear outcomes that ...

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