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Value delivery maps: connecting people with the value of change

In today’s ever-changing business and technology environment, the return of optimal value from programs of change rarely comes from the deployment of technical solutions only. It comes from the timely integration of a range of solutions with sophisticated people, process and performance management changes. Often, some degree of transformation needs to occur for business value to be realised and sustained.

Inertia from the past

Despite this context, many organisations fall into the inertia of old mindsets and methods, developed in previous times of greater certainty and stability. For instance, today is still common to find change programs that:

  • Concentrate on the deployment of technical solutions as opposed to the delivery of business outcomes and benefits;
  • Overlook the ongoing nature of value creation during execution and the importance of stakeholder engagement in creating sustainable outcomes from change;
  • Focus mostly on end financial benefits neglecting the many non-financial outcomes required to realise them.

Value delivery maps

To address these challenges, since 2010 River Plate Projects (RPP) has embraced the use of Value Delivery Maps (VDMs) — a visual management tool to collaboratively scope, design and integrate programs of change, based on the value they create for the business and stakeholders.

The facilitated creation of a VDM (figure below) ensures that stakeholders and delivery groups develop and maintain a common understanding of:

  • Business objectives and vision for the change;
  • Business benefits required to achieve the desired objectives;
  • Enabling solutions and business changes needed to realise the benefits; and
  • The interconnections between them (influence diagram).

The clarity of this logic enables stakeholders to build viable commitments to business outcomes and changes, and opens their participation in the ongoing optimisation of value throughout execution. For instance, finding the most valuable paths to business objectives at any point in time.

The maps also play a critical role in mitigating the fragmented thinking often experienced across stakeholder and delivery groups. Benefits become reference points for integration of delivery and creation of value, thus guiding everyone through change.

Figure showing a value delivery map and its components

Value delivery maps at work

By combining value delivery maps with well-understood principles of program execution, RPP has enabled businesses from different industries to:

  • Focus on outcomes and benefits as opposed to just deployment of technology solutions;
  • Use benefits to drive program execution;
  • Build viable stakeholder commitments to value and change;
  • Maximise the return on the investment through discovery and prioritisation of most valuable paths during execution;
  • Effectively integrate the delivery of change across stakeholders and diverse specialist groups (Lean Six-Sigma, IT Agile, Change Management, etc.).
If you feel this information is relevant to your business needs and would like to know more about it, please contact RPP for an obligation-free discussion.

Written by: Fernando Gaggero — founder and director of River Plate Projects | RPP

Principle Led Execution® and Connecting People with the Value of Change are service marks of River Plate Projects Pty Ltd. | Value Delivery Map (VDM) is River Plate Projects’ adaptation of concepts from Benefit Dependency Mapping – Gerald Bradley (2010), “Benefit Realisation Management – a practical guide to achieving benefits through change” – 2nd Ed, Gower, England. Adopted in partnership with Gerald Bradley.
Feature image: Rawpixel.com | Shutterstock.com — Adaptations and other images: River Plate Projects.


About River Plate Projects (RPP)

River Plate Projects (RPP)
River Plate Projects | RPP is a boutique management services company specialised in the agile execution of business change programs and PMOs. Since 2007, implementing modern management practices that optimise value delivery, enable business agility and safely navigate the uncertainty and complexity of change.