Working as a consultant at Added Values is not as transparent as you should think. After I have seen the movie Zootropolis, did I notice an easier way to explain what kind of problems our customers meet and what we can do as engineers in Added Values. Read further along in the article to experience a childlike comparison and a easy way to understand our work…
What is it you do as a consultant at Added Values? Is a question I often meet in my daily life, from both family members and friends. But because the question is so often asked, there must be a broad consensus that consultancy work is a mystified world that nobody dares to enter, as it does not contain any rules or definitions. Therefore will I now try to simplify and lift the veil of the world we are a part of.
In the movie Zootropolis, we meet a world where animals are humanized and their generic provenance determines what future prospects they have. It is through this problem we meet the main character, the rabbit Judy Hopps, who dreams about becoming a police officer, which according to zoo community is not accepted and it is through this dream we are experiencing a journey against all odds. Judy Hopps do not have the same physics as the other police aspirants because she is af small carrot eating bunny and everyone else are big polar bears and tigers (which is comparable to our fight against the big companies in our industry, where we also have to go to issues differently because we do not have the same size-strength, but we can say that we meet our customers as equals). Therefore is Judy pushed out of the profession she loves and she needs to create a strategy to improve, which I am (from the perspective of a consultant and engineer) pleased to see as her approach illustrates some basic strategic analyses methods, that we use in our daily life in Added Values.
This clip provides a summary of Judy Hopps’ challenges and successes at the police school.
Now will I show how Added Values can help YOU out of a problem, from Judy’s simple method.
Phase 1: Create a model for what is going to happen and create the best solution
The first thing you need to do is to create a model for what you want to achieve and how you will get it. Which in this context is Judy Hopps’ desire to compete with the bigger animals. Which is the same in our case as we are a “smaller” company that has to conquer with the big ones. Therefore, like Judy Hopps, we must make a model for how we can compete on an equal footing with others. Judy’s size and agility becomes her advantage, in which we similarly distinguish us by our high fokus on service before, under and after a project, as well as our employees high experience and educational background.
Phase 2: Repetitions are the way forward
At this stage, the repetition should be seen as the opportunity to test a solution or a model (also called trial and error). Before it is actually implemented. It is in this phase mistakes and shortcomings are found.