Entries by Kevan Hall

Which stage are you at on the matrix maturity model

A couple of our clients have recently asked us for a “matrix maturity model”, something that describes the typical journey we see companies taking as they develop their matrix organisations and helps locate them in that journey. We thought it made sense to locate this in a journey from a traditional local functional organisation at […]

Obsession with digital replaces obsession with structure – both miss the point

“Digital” is receiving a huge amount of attention at the moment, quite rightly given the accelerating pace of automation and integration of businesses is. Digital is a great opportunity or threat depending on your perspective. However, in the context of leading real change, an over-focus on systems and IT risks making the same mistakes that […]

Durable teams: more than a series of sprints

How can we keep longer term perspectives and a sense of team spirit among the rise in short-term project sprints? The answer, according to tech giants, is durable teams. Software teams have long been used to Agile ways of working: forming a small multidisciplinary team to solve a mission critical problem that can be broken […]

Can you improve P&Gs matrix culture by restructuring?

Activist investor Nelson Peltz recently released a 93-page white paper detailing his campaign for change at Procter & Gamble. He places a lot of the blame on what he describes as their insular culture and “stiflingly” bureaucratic matrix management system. He then proposes structural change to resolve the issue. It’s common for companies early in […]

Make your big meetings more interactive

As part of the preparation for the launch of our new book Kill Bad Meetings we visited The Meetings Show in London to see what was new in the field of large corporate meetings. As you would expect there were lots of venue providers and several technology providers who had automated the traditional administration tasks […]

One sure-fire way to avoid matrix management

I was talking to some HR people in tech start-ups in California recently and they told me that, as organisations start to scale up and become more complex, they regularly hear from engineers who are frustrated. These engineers don’t wish to be “corporate” and threaten to leave to avoid the increasing complexity. At the same […]

Getting things done, despite your corporate culture

I was in San Francisco last week and visited a couple of CEOs in silicon valley. During our conversations both of them identified particularly successful projects within the matrix organisations as great examples of collaboration. In both cases these were discrete projects to deliver a new product or process and they set up dedicated teams that […]