Designing a transformation architecture

“Designing a transformation architecture” is a "supreme competence“ in transformation management: It is about the planned design and/or implementation of “the new” in a way that these processes lead to viable, sustainable and at the same time expandable results in terms of a strategy. So that the parties affected consider “the new” sensible, put it into practice and take an active part in further developments.

Where the transformation architecture begins, whether with the (further) development of the strategy or the extension of the strategy lies in the perspective and the hand of the designer. All diagnostic and analytical methods can already be considered as part of transformation architecture. The task of the designer (whoever this may be in an individual case) is to define suitable elements of an overall concept which serve to achieve the defined targets. In the end this approach, always remains a “work-in-progress” concept, whose effectiveness in a systemic sense has to be continuously evaluated. Its elements have to constantly be adjusted and, where appropriate, supplemented.

Successful architectures enable those affected to get involved in various ways, show multiple perspectives and introduce transformations that make a difference (G. Schmidt 2010). They build bridges and springboards that make pattern changes easier, encourage and help accessing individual resources. Therefore the classical forms of communication and interaction are often not sufficient to achieve the desired objectives. Symbolic-analytic and metaphorical forms of exchange should definitely be used as well because they appeal to more sustainable levels of our understanding and perception.


Below you can find one of the transformation architectures we designed: