CBODN Government SIG
March 23, 2011
Thanks again to Dr. Alex Pavlak for providing an overview of Modern Tiger Teams (MTT), especially on such short notice. His presentation provides much-needed language and perspectives that can help bridge the communication gap between technical/scientific communities and Organization Development (OD) practitioners. These communities are often our most vocal critics, dismissive of OD techniques as being “too touchy-feely”.
With MTTs being small groups of people, who are brought together to solve a major problem as quickly as possible, often knowing at least one other person, they provide the unique opportunities for rapidly developing insights into what language and techniques are most effective for engaging technical audiences. More generally, MTTs provide a model an agile, matrix organizational structure
As Modern Tiger Teams are brought together to solve complex problems rapidly, they provide a great opportunity for us to study how these teams work, with a key insight being that we need to be partnering with a subject-matter expert (SME) to separate process from content. The need to rapidly build trust poses a huge challenge, which need OD approaches. Having the problem-solving approach consisting of two parts, rational and creative, provide a natural transition from the SME leading the technical discussion of defining the problem to be solved, leading to the OD practitioner facilating the creative process.
Please contact me if you need a copy of Dr. Pavlak’s slides, and/or want to be added to the CBODN Government SIG mailing list.
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