December 01, 2015
Slides from NYC CTO Summit, Fall 2015
December 01, 2015
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Reorgs Happen Dealing Elegantly with Organizational Change! ! Camille Fournier
In less than 4 years, I experienced* 3 signiﬁcant reorgs!
Successful Companies Change As Needed!
As a Leader, How Can You Deal?
Vision: Why Are We Doing This?! Lacking Vision, we have
Skills: Do We Know How To Do What Needs To
Be Done?! Without Skills, You have Anxiety
Incentives: Why Should People Play Along?! Without Incentives, you get
Resources: Do we have the time, energy, people to make
this work?! Without Resources, we have Frustration
Action Plan: How will we go about doing this?! Without
an Action Plan, we have False Starts
Understand and focus the Vision
Communicate the vision to your organization!
Advocate for the needs of your team!
Push Back on unrealistic expectations!
Create a Plan with Realistic Goals
Case Study 1: The Straightforward and Simple!
Why are we doing this?! Element: Vision
Causes for Reorg Ineffective communication structures! Removing a
product or focus area! Adding a new product or focus area! Change in team size or makeup!
Clear Communication Solves Many Evils!! Even when they’re on board,
explaining the goals is key ! ! It is your job as the leadership to run this communication, having it trickle- down through management is usually a fail ! It Is ! ! ! ! ! ! Element: Skills
Case Study 2: A business-wide focus!
Advocate for your Team Make sure they have leadership roles
and growth opportunities! Element: Incentives
Set reasonable expectations based on capacity! If you don’t have
enough people for a team, say so! Element: Resources
Case Study 3: The never-ending planning!
A good plan requires setting clear goals Teams given the
same goal will have turf wars Element: Action Plan
Let Go The only constant is change
You don’t have to do this alone
Vision + Skills + Incentives + Resources + Action Plan
Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose!