The Technical Work Stream In thinking this through there are a number of pieces of work to be completed. Design of workflows: One of the early pieces of work is to process map the various workflows to establish the logical sequence of events that will be necessary to deliver the technical aspects of the project. How fast can the overall project be implemented? Speed will depend on the size of the system. How can the overall task map be chunked down into elements lasting no longer than six months? How will closer be brought to that aspect of the project? How will you as an OD Practitioner gain recommitment of the client system to the elements of the plan? How will they be involved? (It could be that part of the cultural work is to run a series of stakeholder workshops during which they are facilitated to develop their own plan in response to questions raised by the OD Practitioner). Rate limiting steps: In the overall project are there any elements that can only be done after a certain time or can only be done at a certain rate or are prevented from being done by other factors it is really important to identify these so that any constraints that make overall delivery either difficult or impossible can be identified early on. Once rate limiting steps are identified the reasons why can be identified. It is also helpful if the decision making system that is needed to run along side the process map is also identified. The use of a decision tree to sketch out the information route map that will need to run alongside the process map is also sketched out. Where there are rate limiting steps it also helpful to conduct some route cause analysis to identify why those limits exist and what if anything can be done about them. Technology/skill mix leverage: The other important strand to be carefully thought about is what technology may be required to support the implementation of the project. Technology procurement or even design may have long lead times and it is good to realise requirements as early as possible so that work can be commenced. There are often significant gains to be delivered by carefully planning skill mix and necessary acquisition of skills during the project. It is important not to use skill mix as the project focus as the outcome is not always clear. Additionally if skill mix appears as the raison d’être people can often feel very threatened and that it may just be change for change’s sake rather than delivering an outcome. NB. It is important to close a stop valve after the preparation and design phase is completed.