We're all Going Digital
No matter the industry or product, digital transformations are happening all around us. Gone are the days where a product is just a product. It's now a mechanism that gives us analytics and prepares us to launch the next best thing. Everything we touch has some digital aspect to it, and companies that never planned on competing in the digital arena are needing to catch up to the standards of today's landscape.
I'm sure that many of you who have been in business for more than 10 years, working in sectors that seemed to have no digital relevance, but now are investing for a digitized future, whether it's through:
- Augmented reality to see how a product would look on you
- Drones delivering packages from purchases made by a scan of your face.
The digital age is firing up, and the question is, are you STILL using a spreadsheet to manage your business?
Running a Business Like it's 1999
I loved a powerful formula and a well-crafted spreadsheet. Everyone has that one colleague who is a macro wizard at pulling together all the data and using it to plan the future of your products (that was once my job).
Think about running a multi-million dollar business from a spreadsheet that:
- Is locked for editing
- Is never up-to-date
- Is passed around in several emails
- No one has the same version of
Some of you don't have to imagine; it's your reality. More than once, production slips, and you've missed hitting your target shipments because the business didn't have the most up-to-date information.
I have personally seen this over and over again during my five-year tenure at Praecipio Consulting, and it comes down to two issues:
- The business is stuck doing things the old way.
- The tools are just as old as the processes they are supporting.
And on top of all that, there's an overall demand and expectation to be more innovative than ever. Naturally, we start to silo the business into segments so the "core business" can keep marching to the same tired beat while the digital team is building a platform that's state-of-the-art.
How do we close the expanding gap between a growing machine and a time machine?
How can we plan for when Ralph is out, and no one can get to the spreadsheet with the latest numbers?
Digital Transformation Doesn't Happen on a Spreadsheet
To transform, you have to make significant changes. The tried and true spreadsheet can't keep up with the on-demand visibility needed in the digital environment. Granted, it's a useful tool and has a place in business, but it shouldn't be the source of truth for guiding your business down the path of digital transformation.
The same applies to using email as a tool to operate your business and for project management. Not only can managing hundreds of incoming emails be counterproductive, but email is not a platform built for collaboration, nor can it provide the visibility needed to compete in the digital landscape.
Jira, on the other hand, is designed to handle this task for the business. Gone are the days when Jira is just a "developers tool." It's now being used as the primary source of understanding in all facets of business and helping leaders make real-time decisions about what comes next on their product and operations journey.
Most development teams are already using Jira to plan, track, and report on the requirements determined by the business. However, the business side of an organization is hesitant to adopt the same tool as the development teams. Centralizing all the data and processes across all aspects of your business using the Jira platform can help your teams better understand where your business is going and, better yet, why it is where it is.
I can't count the number of times when I've heard of innovative teams needing to pull data out of reports and update an outdated spreadsheet because there is a perception that the business finds Jira too hard to use or reference.
Becoming a Digital Transformation(ist)
Business leaders, it's time to step up and utilize a toolset that bridges the gap between where you are and where it's all going. If you have an OKR around digital transformation and you're still using a spreadsheet to plan when you have Jira in your business, you are 0% complete on that objective.
The good news is that you can change your business, and Jira isn't hard to learn; you just need some guidance on the transformation.
At Praecipio Consulting, we have helped hundreds of clients, big and small, build business processes in Jira to support their needs and become a digital transformation(ist). The first step is understanding you have a spreadsheet problem, and once you own that, we can help you build a better business.