Mastering the Systems

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few” ― Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice

Systems Mastery

When we think of ‘mastery’ yoga practice comes to mind. Even when you’ve been practicing yoga for a long time once you reach a level of competence with a pose, there’s another layer, another piece that you can add to challenge and extend yourself. You’re never ‘done’ you might be good, flexible and strong but there’s always more.

I’d like to find out more

When we talk about mastery this is what we mean.

It’s about taking what’s there, what’s working (or not) and challenging it again. Looking at it with fresh eyes and figuring out how to add (or sometimes take away) another layer, another nuance so that you can produce a better result.

Typically, in this stage there’s no implementation effort, there’s no figuring out who the vendors are or how we work together. This is all internal. It’s all you. A lot of the time it comes down to communication and process.

As we develop expertise in systems (and the processes that support them) it’s easy to fall into the pattern of re-enforcing our own discoveries and learning rather than exploring options about what might work. The design thinking anthem of ‘how might we’? solve a particular problem is incredibly helpful when it comes to unpacking that ‘next layer’ of expertise/ interplay or process.

What does success look like?

That comes down to your situation and what you need to achieve. Does success look like getting your project back on track? Does success look like getting more out of your existing systems? Automating some of the processes that you’re stuck on? Whatever it looks like for you we’ll be sure to ask and get clarity on this before we dive into making any changes.

What does success look like?

That comes down to your situation and what you need to achieve. Does success look like getting your project back on track? Does success look like getting more out of your existing systems? Automating some of the processes that you’re stuck on? Whatever it looks like for you we’ll be sure to ask and get clarity on this before we dive into making any changes.

How will we work together?

Aligning your internal teams around delivery and assessing impact. Like many things that sound simple, getting things working well is harder than it sounds.

Improving our ways of working is what we’re all about at this point.

Challenging and like that yoga practice looking to step it up and evolve your processes.

Aligning your internal teams around delivery and assessing impact. Like many things that sound simple, getting things working well is harder than it sounds.

Improving our ways of working is what we’re all about at this point.

Challenging and like that yoga practice looking to step it up and evolve your processes.

How will we stay accountable?

We all need a little accountability nudge from time to time. We’ll help you out with this. It’s our job as hold ourselves (and the team) to account for your systems to work successfully for you.

Who is it not suited to?

  • If you want someone to fix the problem with no input from your team (just not possible).
  • If you have already decided to stop the project.

Who is this for?

  • If you’re finished your project and things are still looking murky and confused (there’s a lack of clarity about information and where it comes from).
  • If you’ve finished your project and you’re having issues with inventory movements, sales clarity or payment processing.
  • If your project has stalled and you can’t figure out what to do next.

How long does it take?

Projects vary but we’ll be clear with you about our time with you to put boundaries that help us understand milestones and delivery.

We’re used to working at ‘retail pace’ meaning that every day counts. We will work to the agreed timeline and manage to the deadlines that keep us on track.

We recommend always having contingency for both time and spend if you can. Contingency provides some more choice and can mean that you’re not forced into making short term decisions that will keep hurting you long term.

How much does it cost?

We provide you with an estimate at the start of your project and work with you and the vendors to align on scope, timeline and cost to keep everything balanced.

The caveat being that we rely on you to be ready and commit to the process.

How long does it take?

Projects vary but we’ll be clear with you about our time with you to put boundaries that help us understand milestones and delivery.

We’re used to working at ‘retail pace’ meaning that every day counts. We will work to the agreed timeline and manage to the deadlines that keep us on track.

We recommend always having contingency for both time and spend if you can. Contingency provides some more choice and can mean that you’re not forced into making short term decisions that will keep hurting you long term.

How much does it cost?

We provide you with an estimate at the start of your project and work with you and the vendors to align on scope, timeline and cost to keep everything balanced.

The caveat being that we rely on you to be ready and commit to the process.

What results can you expect?

Our commitment is to you and your team. We will take care with your people and focus ourselves and the project efforts on alignment for positive and productive outcomes.

I’m ready. Contact 6R.