“Designed for Digital” is a compelling read for executives, managers, and digital transformation agents who are in the business of shaping the future of their organizations. The authors leverage their extensive research and industry experience to present a framework that is not only easy to understand but also highly practical.
The incorporation of real-life case studies serves as valuable illustrations of the concepts discussed, making them easier to apply in various contexts. These examples allow readers to see how organizations in different sectors have successfully implemented digital designs that work for them, providing some inspiration for what could work in their own organizations.
One of the strengths of this book is its insistence on a cultural shift, not just a technological one. Many leaders may think that buying the latest technology will solve their digital woes, but the authors make it clear that unless the business operations and strategy are aligned to support digital capabilities, these investments will not bear fruit.
However, the book could have gone further in addressing the challenges and limitations that come with implementing digital designs, especially for smaller businesses with limited resources. Also, while the five building blocks are discussed in detail, the book could have expanded on how to overcome resistance to such dramatic organizational changes.
Overall, “Designed for Digital” is a timely and valuable guide that provides concrete steps for organizations to become digitally mature. It’s a must-read for anyone looking to understand the complexities and nuances of digital transformation in today’s rapidly evolving business landscape.