Reinventing Your Workplace Hackathon
You know the workplace needs to keep changing. Are you keeping up?
Is your organisation able to adapt to the changes happening around you? Is it responsive to complex, ambiguous and unpredictable circumstances?
Which form of organisation should you turn to?
You have heard of many new forms of organising and working, such as Lean, Agile, Responsive, Conscious, Beyond budgeting, Theory U ,Teal, Distributed leadership.
But you’re not sure which to turn to. Which way to go? What new system to adopt? Indeed who should choose? How can you get your whole organisation to reinvent itself, in a self-organised way, to reinvent the workplace in a way that is aligned with new ways of working? Especially as the old change management methods don’t work any more (if they ever did).
Open Space Technology enables collaborative innovation to explore new ways forward - at scale across all teams, all departments, across the whole ogranisation.
We invite you to participate in a cross-functional conversation exploring change in your workplace to be more innovative: a 2-day Reinventing Workplace Hackathon.
“What the vast majority of organisations are missing is humble inquiry and sincere listening. Managers must get over the idea that their role is to tell people what to do; once they do, they will be able to engage people much more and get the minds of the organisation working.”
Greg Lance, What Western Management is getting wrong, Planet Lean, 2016
You can't magically transform your organisation and its culture by wishful thinking. However, you can kick-start the process, while addressing burning issues.
In our 'Reinventing Workplace Hackathon 2-day event' everyone in the organisation, department or section is invited to play and get creative around the theme of reinventing the workplace to meet the future.
Participation is optional, cross-functional and fun. We use an 'Open Space' format to harness the power of self-organisation, with everyone free to follow their enthusiasm in pursuit of the goal.
The workplace needs to change. How people work together, how decisions are made, people’s attitudes to the places they work in, their values and how organisations are structured and managed, all of this is changing. This is partly because conventional ways no longer work, partly because of online interdependent connectivity (including digital networks), and partly due to millennials approaching work in a completely different way.
We offer a company-wide Reinventing Workplace Hackathon, to get you started. We cannot reinvent the workplace for you, only your people can do that, but what we can do is kick-start the process, give it a massive boost and positive spin, with a Reinventing Workplace Hackathon, in a way which is congruent with new ways of working.
Let’s kick-start the reinvention of the workplace with a Hackathon where everyone is invited to participate. This is best done over at least 2 consecutive days, ideally 3.
“In recent years , organisations as diverse as Ford, Netflix and Google have used hackathons to invent new products and solve thorny operational problems. In a hackathon, teams compete to come up with novel solutions and the most promising are then fast-tracked to implementation. How might such an approach be used to defeat bureaucracy? Imagine an online, company-wide conversation where superfluous and counter-productive management practices are discussed and alternatives proposed. The output of such a conversation wouldn’t be a single, elaborate plan for uprouting bureaucracy, but a portfolio of risk-bounded experiments designed to test the feasibility of post-bureaucratic management practices. “
- Gary Hamel & Michele Zanini, Top-Down Solutions Won’t Fix Bureaucracy, March 2016, Harvard Business Review
The Hackathon involves a 2 – 3 day Open Space Technology event (link) inviting as many people as feasible (for the size of venue and availability, without disrupting business too much). A Hackathon can be run for anything from 10 people to 5,000 people simultaneously. If your organisation is larger it can be done in stages with several events, but if so it is important to get a good mixture of different departments, different disciplines, different localities – indeed diversity is pivotal.
Why 2 days? As many who are familiar with ULab know before people in an organisation can start being creative they have to go through a phase of mourning, of sensing what is not working, of enquiry, of deep listening and of letting go of the old. Day 1 enables this deeper listening, this letting go, this opening of heart, mind and will, this dive to a deeper collective source, from which the new can emerge. Typically many organisations try to go straight to the next stage (e.g. by only having 1 day) and this is typically precisely what doesn’t work. After a night’s sleep in which the mind processes some of the very intensive conversations of Day 1, people come back on day 2 refreshed, newly energised and in a very creative mode.
Day 2 then becomes a co-creative process where the new, coming from the collective emerges. Usually at the end of Day 2 there is a clear sense of the new. If there is a Day 3 these ideas can be formed into an action plan in the form of prototypes, to then be tried out, tested and improved iteratively beyond the Hackathon.