Performance Architecture: How to Rescue a Seal and Why it Matters

In their ongoing quest to discover what makes organizations successful and how that success translates into benefits to employees, and customers, Carol Haig and Roger Addison visited a variety of organizations. This month they toured the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California, and they recount their findings in this Column.

Performance Architecture: Evaluation – Begin at the End

In this month’s Column, Roger Addison and Carol Haig offer what some might consider unusual advice for developing and implementing a project—start your evaluation at the end and work backwards. Don’t reject it until you’ve tried it.

Performance Architecture: Design for a Better World

In this, their fourth Column on design, Roger Addison and Carol Haig, describe an array of elegant and practical designs for a better world created by users of Autodesk software.

Performance Architecture: Level IV – Improving Performance on the World Stage

For many workers today, it is a priority to be associated with an employer that adds value to society. Roger and Carol focus their attention this month on a range of performance issues at the world stage. They have summarized sample initiatives undertaken by a number of large organizations that supported the United Nations’ Eight Millennium Goals which were to be met by 2015.

Performance Architecture: Design for Successful Aging

Roger Addison and Carol Haig discuss a topic that is becoming increasingly important in this era—the challenges of aging. They examine the challenges by looking at four categories as they pertain to the elderly—Architecture, Mobility, Technology and Community Engagement. Whether you’re confronting the challenges yourself or for loved ones, you will find the discussion useful.

Performance Architecture: A Dog’s Guide to Business

Roger Addison and Carol Haig constantly search for an exemplary organization that models the Performance Architect’s view of how best to achieve and exceed expected results. Finally, they believe they have found such an enterprise: Guide Dogs for the Blind, a non-profit organization headquartered in San Rafael, California. Read their engaging Column to learn why they believe this organization fits the bill.

Performance Architecture: Disruptive Design

Using the Apple Store’s design as a model, Roger Addison and Carol Haig describe how Apple has successfully created a space that excites and accommodates customers’ needs and desires. Read their Column to learn how their Apple store experience led them to consider the importance of design in engaging customers and how the design drives Apples’ sales and service process to such great success.

Performance Architecture: Processes that Can Kill You

Roger Addison recently checked into his room at a major hotel chain. Upon reviewing the emergency exit map to locate the nearest way out, he discovered the map was reversed. Had an emergency occurred, following the map could have proven lethal. Roger and Carol explore other potentially high-risk processes and ask what high-risk processes you have encountered.

Performance Architecture: Oops! Forgot a Stakeholder

In their Column this month, Roger Addison and Carol Haig discuss the importance of identifying all of the stakeholders every time a new process is contemplated or an existing process is reviewed and updated. They provide a Stakeholder Analysis model to help identify your stakeholders as well as a Stakeholder Check-in model to specify stakeholders’ interests and involvement in the process development or update.

Performance Architecture: Through the Customer’s Eyes

This month Roger Addison and Carol Haig define characteristics of customer-focused organizations vs non customer focused organizations. Which label attaches to your organization? The authors have provided a checklist to help you answer that question.

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