Designing Your Organization for
10x Impact

Designing Your Organization for 10x Impact

 
 
 
 

Abhi Ballabh

 
 
 
 

Aug 15, 2020

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We cannot build our own future without helping others to build theirs. — Bill Clinton
 
 

0/11 — Setting the Context of the session

 
 
 
  • Rule #0: Design an organisation that can build 10x better technology.

1/11 — Postman — The billion dollar
unicorn story from India

1/11 — Postman — The billion dollar unicorn
story from India

 

“Company budget, primary”.

“Company goals now and in the next 3 years”.

“Business model, you are in

Socio-political environment, an area that has increasingly become influential in decision-making”.

 
 
 
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Courtesy — Ankit Sobti @ Postman

 
 
 
Moreover, to the founders present in the session Postman gave us the courage to dream big.

2/11 — Thinking organisation as a
product : 0–1, 1–10, 10–100 & Beyond

2/11 — Thinking organisation as a product : 0–1, 1–10, 10–100 & Beyond

 
 
 
  • People : Designed to put the right people in the right place, with the problem statements that are challenge at the right level
  • Organisation : Designed to make Employees more effective at their Job
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Courtesy — Ankit Sobti @ Postman

3/11 — Designing your Organisation for
success is an Art

 
 
 
  • Tactical Design Elements

4/11 — Strategic Design : Values &
Communication as a force multiplier

4/11 — Strategic Design : Values & Communication as a force multiplier

 
 
 
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Courtesy — Ankit Sobti @ Postman

5/11 — Strategic Design : Domain Driven
Design as a philosophy to build

 
 
 
  1. Ubiquitous Language : A language blended in the culture & values. Clear, consistent & ubiquitous.
  2. Context Mapping : The glue allowing the teams to integrate, align & define their inter relationships with precision.
  • Aligned around generating value to the consumer
  • Who is facing this set of problems? Why?
  • How do they currently solve these problems?
  • You as a company intend to solve these problems
  • How do you go about doing that?
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Courtesy — Ankit Sobti @ Postman

6/11 — Strategic Design : Squads build
to execute like soldiers

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Courtesy — Abhishek Ballabh @ ExtraaEdge

7/11 — Tactical Design : OKRs, Strategy
& Visions as an alignment tool

7/11 — Tactical Design : OKRs, Strategy & Visions as an alignment tool

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Courtesy — Ankit Sobti @ Postman

He finally emphasized the founders present to deeply introspect on these 3 themes & toolkits to seek true alignment & lead teams towards consistent wins.

8/11 — Tactical Design : The Hiring
Conundrum

This was one of the most awaited of the parts of the talk which baffles every founder night & day. How do we find the right fit. He again in a true software methodology parlance gave the 4 stages of the teams. It was like Crossing the Chasm but meant for building teams. Geoff Moore would have been proud.
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Courtesy — Ankit Sobti @ Postman

As teams move from falling behind to finally innovating. He reminded us that maybe each team may go through this chasm but founders need to super cognisant that their design impact should make sure this transition happens with time. Leading indicators need to be carefully monitored for long term success.
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Courtesy — Ankit Sobti @ Postman

9/11 — Tactical Design : How does a
winning team looks like

  1. Influence: the scope of their influence should expand
  2. Impact: the contributions should become more impactful
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Courtesy — Ankit Sobti @ Postman

10/11 — Tactical Design : A culture of
learning & experimentation

10/11 — Tactical Design : A culture of learning & experimentation

  1. Analytical Thinking
  2. Systems Thinking
  3. Cognitive Psychology
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Courtesy — Ankit Sobti @ Postman

11/11 — Closing Thoughts : Embrace
Constraints everyday

11/11 — Closing Thoughts : Embrace Constraints everyday

  1. Embrace Constraints. Problem + Constraints → Solution
  2. Experiment, measure, iterate.
  3. Identify your unique context and your unique solution
  4. Do not assume that you will get the same results with your different cultural foundation.
  5. Systems survive one to two orders’ magnitude of growth. Identify the inflection points and be willing & ready to evolve.
  6. Create with Curiosity and reward diversity and innovation.
  7. Love the problem, not the solution.

Final Thoughts — Take a bow Postman !

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Courtesy — J.R.R Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings

  1. Building Microservices — Sam Newman
  2. The Mythical Man Month — Brooks Jr.
  3. Domain Driven Design — Eric Evans
  4. High Output Management — Andy Grove
  5. Measure what matters — John Doerr
  6. Good Strategy Bad Strategy — Richard Rumelt
  7. Inspired — Marty Cagan
  8. Web Analytics 2.0 — Avinash Kaushik
  9. Thinking in Systems — Donella Meadows
  10. Thinking Fast Thinking Slow — Daniel Kahneman
 
 

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