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Skype's Business Transformation Initiative

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  • Due diligence before transformation
  • We needed to enhance the path of Data-Information-Knowledge as the basis for any decision <br /> That’s not where the path ends.. <br /> <br /> Data with Strategy is key <br />
  • Developing and joining up the pieces of the puzzle. Have a clear strategy for the transformation <br /> <br /> Business principles, org behaviour & culture, strategy along with big data, analytics and technology <br /> Big Data elements (technology, analytics, etc..) <br /> Strategy <br /> Gaps – missing pieces <br /> <br />
  • What we did <br /> Metrics framework <br /> Transparency <br /> Business Rhythm
  • BUT FIRST, <br /> <br /> Demonstrate the difficulties of execution on our sound strategy <br /> <br /> First steps (babies). The first things I did was not that obvious and were not focused on Data/technology <br /> Executive support. – from ceo, cfo, product, engineering <br /> Corporate wide – not limited to the tech areas, we needed to convince that it’s the only way to go <br /> Centre Stage - Not a regular IT or data project. With the proper communication and limelight <br />
  • Few steps later were again not focused on data yet but on Branding & Marketin <br /> Crisp and coherent messaging to ensure we have the engagement we need <br /> <br /> Communicated to the entire organization <br /> <br /> Whole greater than the some of the parts <br /> <br /> Not just Org benefits but professional benefits <br />
  • Start looking at the data <br /> Format that everyone in the org can use <br /> Nowadays, more non-technical employees have the skillset and ability to extract data from multiple sources <br /> However, that does not apply to everyone <br /> <br /> Examples, what we did – tools, dashboard, printouts, lenses from executives to employees
  • Change is difficult, too many changes or too fast a change can risk the reaching the objective of the change in the first place <br /> But how do you promote adoption and embed the mindset into the daily work of the business <br /> Integrate the data and metric framework into the task systems (backlog, project, etc..) <br /> Small change with significant impact – for the mindset and culture, and for the future reports and biz principles <br /> <br /> Reports – management ensure people are focused <br /> <br /> <br /> Embed in the business, day to day work, adoption – JIRA <br /> VC? <br /> Small change with significant impact <br /> <br /> The analytics needs to be embedded in tools that engage managers and frontline employees on a daily basis <br />
  • One key element was to create Common language between all functions <br /> Metrics framework <br /> Two benefits – promotes data driven change & helps improve, streamline and enhance the business process (strategy to execution, etc..) <br /> Common goals – common metrics – common understanding – common way of looking at our business <br /> <br /> Example – Marketing would want an add campaign, product wants a feature, engineering increasing the capacity….they were all saying the same thing
  • Tiered metrics <br /> aided the business’ understanding on how we deliver value and led to the desired cultural behaviours <br /> Offers a feedback loop to the business from the customers using the metrics as a language <br /> Connects top down strategy to bottom-up activities <br /> Develops our knowledge on what adds value for the users and shareholders <br /> Embeds a metric & insight-driven culture in the business: The value of all activities is linked to metrics <br /> One source of truth <br /> <br /> Each metric: <br /> <br /> <br />
  • Strategy to Action report <br /> <br /> All the backend and infrastructure work allowed us to determine where point A is, what’s are our capabilities to execute on the strategy so we can start devising one. <br /> <br /> Easier steer from above and context from the developers, marketers and others <br /> <br /> Metrics – data driven, experimentation and innovation <br /> Effort – give time to innovation and not just corporate strategy, constraints and capabilities <br /> Strategy – show how the strategy trickles down <br /> <br /> The Effort Allocation Report shows the value in man days and the cost in USD of each PBI completed. <br /> The objective of the report is to support PDs, PMs and senior management understand how the capacity has been distributed and what are the key initiatives that have been prioritised. <br /> Overall, it allows us to see if our efforts are aligned to our strategy <br />
  • The HW we needed to install the tools, processes and culture necessary for the strategy and innovation to work <br /> <br /> Data-driven and action-oriented business rhythm: the cycle of data-insight-action-review will foster operational excellence <br /> Informed, proactive innovation, not reactive behaviour <br /> Transparent and collaborative: X-Functional alignment means less duplications, more creative input , better insight <br /> Defining ownership and agreeing on the criteria for success helps establish causality of metrics <br />
  • Who brushes their teeth (morning, evening, any other time during the day)? <br /> It’s in our routine in the morning and evening but not in the middle of the day <br /> For better adoption of the insight-driven culture we needed to align the data rhythm to the decision and business rhythm…so align the frequency of the data refresh to the business reviews when decisions are being made <br /> <br /> We had to create a routine, a new biz rhythm that is not necessarily what we planned for
  • Like many transformation which look at people, process and technology: <br /> The 3 building blocks on the left have been synthesized to create a culture that is user-focused and insight-driven, aligning our everyday work to strategy. <br /> Examples for each <br /> Data – <br /> Tools – <br /> Governance - <br /> Culture – making everything stick <br /> Data shows that companies with unsupportive cultures and poor strategic alignment significantly underperform their competitors <br /> <br /> 3 types of insights with the business insight the holy grail <br /> Business Insights - What drives value to our users and shareholders <br /> Organizational/Behavioural Insights - What structure & governance would best support our business <br /> Data/Infrastructure Insights - What data would best support our business & strategy <br /> <br />
  • Pieces of the puzzle <br /> Defining strategy is not a one-off process. It’s an iterative process based on the feedback & results we receive but also the changing environment. <br /> <br /> “ Ideals are not sufficient. The biggest failing of the average organization is usually its inability to execute…” <br /> “Analysis is not panacea; good judgement is needed in assessing results” <br /> <br /> “The purpose of business analytics is to deliver value by supplying information that spurs action” <br /> <br /> “Any organisation that wants to be relevant must clearly articulate and evolve its business model” <br /> <br /> “Relying on intuition and experience to drive business is not enough. We are working in a knowledge economy…” <br />
  • The benefits <br /> Linkage between strategy and execution. Strategy trickles all the way down. nimble <br /> Culture - Transparency and collaboration - language of communication <br /> Decisions based on data more profound <br /> Transformation - becoming business as usual. <br /> <br /> My

Skype's Business Transformation - Chief Strategy/Innovation Officer Summit Skype's Business Transformation - Chief Strategy/Innovation Officer Summit Presentation Transcript

  • Yuval Dvir DvirYuval
  • A B Flexibility, Market Dynamics, Time, Metrics.. Remembering…
  • Point A?
  • Contents
  • • Is having a good strategy enough? • Organization are a human phenomenon - behaviours, feelings, mind-sets, motivation • …solid business principles CULTURE
  • Strategy Communication Leadership Data Transparency CultureCollaboration Innovation Business Result
  • • Data • Technology • Technical Skills
  • Data Information Knowledge
  • Functions culture Strategy Technology Politics
  • • Metrics • Transparency & Traceability • Business Rhythm
  • • Exec Support • Corporate Wide • Center Stage Baby Steps
  • • Communication & Messaging • Perception • Engagement & Personal Development
  • • Format • Design & Visualization • Constant Feedback
  • • Gradual Change & Adoption • Embedded in Daily Activities • Focused Effort, Data-Driven & Reports © Transport for London
  • 1. Metrics
  • • Common Consistent Language • Marketing, Product & Engineering • Common Goals, Metrics, Understanding and View
  • • Feedback Loop • Easier Steer & Context • Focus on Value • One source of truth • Data culture • Connect strategy with execution
  • Benchmark Data Relevant external data can be used as benchmark. (competitors, market data and comparable divisional data). Process Clear x-functional business rhythm with defined ownership & accountability and a data->insight->action->review cycle. Contributors A list of clients and functional contributors (along with the proportion) can be available for each metric. Attributes Each applicable metric can be broken down by: geography, time, platform & version, function & other segmentation. Forecast, Target & Trend Move from a rear view mirror into forward looking view. Drivers The drivers for each metric can be modelled and mapped to create the “value streams”. METRIC Metrics are operationalized through dashboards, reports and analysis tools
  • 2. Transparency
  • Metrics Strategy Effort • Link to Strategy, Execution & Data • Effort Allocation at all levels • Transparent, traceable and reviewed
  • 3. Business Rhythm
  • Insights Review Data Action X-Functional • Innovation • Platform to Collaborate • Business Routine & Rhythm
  • • Routine • Access • Business Routine & Rhythm
  • Governance Tools Data Strategically Aligned Organization Culture
  • Corporate Team Define strategy Define actions Review, monitor, track Align execution to strategy
  • Benefits • Strategy to Execution Alignment • Culture & Decisions • Business Results • Transformation becoming BAU
  • Thank You! DvirYuval