Identifying Impediments

Episode Summary

  • We talked, about how we can identify impediments at a strategic and a departmental/operational level.
  • At a strategic level. some tools to use are SWOT analysis, PESTEL, Analysis, Stakeholder Feedback, Competitive Analysis, and Historical precedents
  • At an operational level: Value Stream Mapping and Analysis, Path to Production exercises, and Skill assessment exercises
  • Evaluate from a Politics/Culture, People, Process, and Technology lens
  • Make sure that there is abundant psychological safety in the organization before you conduct these workshops. If not, that is your first impediment
  • Prioritization using business outcomes is key.
  • Prune your initiatives using an Impact – Effort Analysis and be courageous to freeze or kill initiatives in flight if they do not help in achieving success of your business outcomes.
  • Revisit quarterly to ensure that you are still on the right track or if you have to pivot or persevere


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Dr. Gautham Pallapa is a Senior Executive Advisor for VMware. He works with C-Suite and executives at Global 2000 enterprise customers in transforming their strategy, processes, technologies, culture, and people to achieve their objectives and business outcomes. His mantra is "Transform with Empathy" and has successfully led several business transformations and cloud modernization efforts in various industry verticals. Gautham is an agile coach, a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, a SAFe Agilist, and an Ambassador for the DevOps Institute. He writes/talks/works on transformation, elevating humans, helping underprivileged people, and giving back to the community. Gautham was awarded the 2018 Tech leader of the year by AIM for his contributions. He has an upcoming book called "Leading with Empathy" which explores these topics in detail.