In 2016 the World Economic Forum (WEF) published its Future of Jobs report. The report states:
"A Fourth Industrial Revolution is interacting with other socio-economic and demographic factors to create a perfect storm of business model change in all industries, resulting in major disruptions to labour markets."
The WEF report confirms what many of us are already feeling - a tsunami of sorts. A wave that threatens to displace much of our current social structures. But unlike other tsunamis, we believe this wave could bring positive disruption.
The reason for our optimism lies in the WEF report. It highlights the skills needed to thrive in these changing conditions. Out of the top 10 skills "complex problem solving" is ranked No.1.
But here's the thing. If complex problem solving is the No.1 skill - what big unsolved meaningful problems are we solving?
When we began to ask this question we thought it would be easy to find the answer - but it wasn't! So we did some research.
We discovered that most organisations are not consciously problem solving! Furthermore, most individuals and organisations lack complex problem solving capabilites!
But don't just take our word for it. Try these simple tests:
So change is coming. But what will the future look like? We belive the future is very bright.
We believe our future belongs to a new type of organisation. These will be highly collaborative by nature - we call them 'Problem Solving Organisations' (PSOs).
If our research is right, then these new 'problem solving organisations' will need help to connect, collaborate, and capture emerging value. This is why we decided to develop the BumpConductor concept.
The BumpConductor® is being designed to excel at problem orchestration. It will provide a provide a problem solving platform, framework, method, and applications. It is based on our theory of BUMPS. The BumpConductor will help manage problems by visualising them in complex problem landscape.
BUMPS Big Unsolved Meaningful Problems worth Solving® is both a metaphor and acronym. But it more than a clever use of words. It is the foundation for a new technique. One that can help you think about complex problems in a radically different way.
The BUMPS based complex problem solving approach can help you better visualise, analyse, and communicate complex problem scenarios. Our goal is to help its users create better outcomes!
We have extensive experience working with leading international businesses in areas such as strategy, delivery, and complex problem analysis. Comfortable at strategic and tactical levels we can work across organisations & ecosystems to deliver maximum impact. We can ask and answer questions such as:
Many existing problem solving techniques are limited and are often used at tactical levels e.g. lean six sigma process improvements. We think it is time for a new approach - a new operating model for 'Problem Solving Organisations'(PSOs).
We call this new operating model 'Bumponomics®'.
Bumponomics® will help PSOs consistently capture value by capturing BUMPS®. It will create better synergies between strategy & execution, and will help alignment both within and across organisations. It covers key topics such as:
Expertise and techniques only go so far. We want to take problem solving to new levels. We are developing a technology platform to detect and address problems across complex value chains. Our first application (a progressive web app) is currently under development.
Whenever you encounter BUMPS®, think BUMPCONDUCTOR®