The Inner Building Blocks: A Novel to Apply Lean-Agile and Design Thinking for Digital Transformation

  • 4h 3m
  • Abhishek Rai
  • Business Expert Press
  • 2022

Agile is the ability to quickly and naturally adapt to respond to changes. Most companies are inherently fragile and not agile – when they are hit by new developments, shifting consumer behavior or fast-moving competition, they struggle and even cease to exist!

Inner Building Blocks is a novel about Neil Frost, a Director of Digital Transformation and Agile Centre of Excellence at Walkers Mart. The company is already grappling with a failing transformation and on the verge of bankruptcy when COVID-19 strikes!

Sid, the Coach instils constructive discomfort through a series of probing questions to:

  • Rethink agility and reimagine the future of work with hybrid operating models.
  • Launch a series of experiments to reinvent the Building Blocks (e.g., strategy, talent, culture, structures, practices and digital technologies).
  • Discover twenty-six solutions to embrace lean-agile mindset for strategic agility.

Could the company survive amid the global pandemic and ensuing supply chain challenges?

A compelling storytelling approach and provocative dialogues provide relatable context to adopt the concepts. The principles and techniques are delicately camouflaged within the underlying characters, their conversations and situations.

About the Author

Abhi Rai is a thought leader and a seasoned transformation coach. He is passionate about advancing lean thinking and agility to improve the world around us! He has trained more than 1500 professionals in over three dozen organizations across four continents.

His more than two decades of professional experience includes transformation leadership at a healthcare company and multiple expert positions in the prestigious management consulting and digital services firms like Accenture, BCG, Infosys, and McKinsey. He holds bachelors in Engineering, Masters in International Business, and received MIT Executive Education in Digital Business Strategy.

In this Book

  • Introduction
  • Prologue
  • Characters
  • The Discovery—Background, Key Players, and Situations
  • Building the WALL—An Inclusive Approach to Define Problems
  • Obligation to Waste Avoidance and Removal (WAR)—Relentless Focus on Value
  • Gemba WALK and Candid Talk—A Value Stream-Based Diagnostics
  • Organization as a LIVING Organism—Systems Thinking to Rebuild an Enterprise
  • “You Are on Mute!” A New Definition to Reimagine DIGITAL
  • The INNER Agility—The Power of Pause and Mindfulness
  • The Shibumi Sprint—The Zen DESIGN (Re)Thinking Cadence
  • Fragile FRAMEWORK—Limitations of Emulating Scaling Frameworks
  • Structural Side Effects—Bureaucracy of a Hierarchical ORGANIZATION
  • Flattening the Curve—Shift From Vertical to HORIZONTAL Organization
  • Vultures of the CULTURE—Critical Role of Leaders in Mindset Shift
  • TALENT Escalator—Establishing the Continuous Flow of Capabilities
  • DOJO—A Place for Experiential and Immersive Learning
  • Platform as a Strategy—The Roadmap to STRATEGIC Agility
  • HOME–Agility—Hybrid Operating Model for Enterprise–Agility
  • The ACT FAST Building—Codifying the Company’s Experiments
  • Summary of the Chapters
  • Acronyms
  • Glossary of Terms
  • List of Problems and Solutions
  • Bibliography