01. We categorize organizations according to value streams
Why we categorize organizations
To guarantee logically categorized, independent system components, which you can change more quickly, without having to wait for changes in other sectors or departments.
Our activities at this stage
- Choosing an appropriate method of vertical structuring of the organization, for instance, based on customer segments, needs, products, channels or processes.
- To provide value to the customer, dividing the company into layers depending on functioning (processes, systems, data, etc.) into logical business sectors.
- Filling in the value stream canvas for a basic consideration of the individual sectors.
- Identifying areas of support essential for the internal operation of the organization, e.g. controlling or HR.
- In line with your price requirements, checking whether we have included all the high revenue-generating areas and loss-making areas. The focus is not only on areas with high yields but also on sectors where there is room for improvement.
- A blueprint for dividing the organization into value streams and shared areas of the organization
- Completed value stream canvases
- Do not create architecture to be permanent. Instead, build architecture that you can change in the future. Think about that.
- Establish a value stream map with every innovation. Thinking through everything carefully and at the same time building only the minimum required will help you and allow you to make savings. You will be surprised by how many things you already have.
- Use simple terms like “product” so that your colleagues understand the work. If necessary, let Domain- driven Design guide you.
- Do everything to minimise the use of support services. Use only particular services, for instance legal services or regulatory reporting.
- Business should always be the starting point for designing architecture. Do not forget support services, and involve them immediately, as soon as you have ready the first business parts ready, e.g., the manual operations, regulatory framework, etc.