Organizations are organisms – living and dynamic information processing algorithms.
In old school organizational development, there are very commonly two preferred practices. On one hand the classic waterfall way of executing strategies. More specifically, this is understood as a communicative process which conveys, justifies, explains and clarifies objectives, allocates them to specific departments, and uses target agreements and reporting to ensure that they’re implemented. The second method adopts a conventional approach, involving learning and development for leaders and staff.
These two methods are vital components of an organization’s development, but they often hit their limits when changes occur on the way down. Agile adaptation and implementing new ideas on the fly is difficult. That rigid process leads to distrust and disengagement, because it does not deliver comprehensive results while changing. Efficiency suffers altogether if the external rate of change in markets, competition, or technology exceeds the internal rate of adaptation and change in an organization.
Back in 2004, 1492 CI:Lab developed a methodology designed to promote collective intelligence, as a third approach. This empowered approach is capable of processing much more data and translates information into useful insights, because everybody in the Swarm Radar functions as a living sensor, gathering and disseminating information. It is a digital web/app solution, which collects very little information, and makes information available for all in real time.
The key factors are transparency and engagement of all those involved. If everyone knows each other’s position in relation to their objectives, this increases the organization’s “data computing” performance. It enables the anticipation of all individual future events, even using estimates, and in ever-changing conditions. We often discover retrospectively that a team or project did not achieve the required quality, time or budget.
With Swarm Radar, this can be detected in advance. As a result, the required action can be taken at an earlier stage to prevent this from happening in the first place. It’s much more efficient to anticipate rather than to repair.
Swarm Radar works primarily through the group’s capacity for self-organization. Individuals submit their knowledge, knowing that this information is also available to all colleagues in real time, which initiates a positive change in relation to motivation and behavior. Teams at the lower end of the rankings (Hall of Fame) are exposed to and compared with the benchmark, which generates push and/or pull. This promotes collective self-organization and saves time and energy in terms of management, training and communication.
This effect, combined with the knowledge that all managers from top to bottom in the ranking can view all the teams, provides a secondary impetus. Even if management does not intervene, the effect is still achieved through the transfer of information to employees and transparency. Swarm Radar digitizes organizational development, and also provides leaders with an artificially intelligent management service. The core task of managers working with Swarm Radar is to promote and maintain authentic data. Swarm Radar works best when employees get in touch with their own feelings, and enter this mood without any filters. The better and more independently individuals enter their feelings and judgements, the more effective the tool becomes.
Without communication, there is no such thing as an organization. In essence, an organization like Airbus, Google, Daimler and so forth… is an abstract concept, a story in the minds of the people. And they have to believe that story. Collaboration and coordination are functions of the people’s exchange of data and information.
If there is purpose and empowerment, the organization is not required. When Hurrikan Katrina flooded the city of New Orleans in 2005, 1000s of volunteers coordinated themselves on Twitter without any central governance. The 1492 Swarm Radar builds exactly on that Katerina effect, to empower the crowd for innovation, co-creation and coordination in the most effective way.
„The Swarm Radar gets the crowd to do what you need done!“
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