David Broadbent's book 'Learning to run' is now published and available from Amazon, Warterstones and all good bookstores. The eBook version will be available by the end of March 2012.
It's a business book that looks at the aspects of change from the point of view how capable organisations are of changing them selves. The book contains a business process capability maturity model that organisations can use to measure where they are on the scale. It also focuses on 'resitance to change' and the cultural aspects of changing a business.
The analogy of learning to run comes from the fact that too often organisations will select an application because it is deemed 'best of breed', but they are not sufficiently mature as an organisation to be receptive to the changes, and therefore make the best use of the application they have purchased. This is why you often find organisations that have spent tens, perhaps hundreds of thousands of pounds or dollars on huge applications, only to find three to five years later that they are only using 20% of its capability. That is like taking a pair of top class running shoes and putting them on a baby who hasn’t even learned to crawl yet, and expecting it to run, because the running shoes are the ‘best of breed’. It sounds ludicrous, but organisations do it all the time. The book will show you how to identify the signs and address them