Do you know that feeling too? Everything is under control, but no progress is being made. Being afraid of making mistakes or having to wait for decisions to be made higher up in the hierarchy are often major obstacles to creativity and employee innovation. The Fast Track Projects that investigated new business opportunities for MAN Diesel & Turbo in 2017 as part of the Base Camp 3000+ program for the future are doing away with this mindset.The great thing is that the team largely decides on approach,project progression and what happens next itself. Failure is expressly permitted. “If we discover that a project idea is not working out, we should drop it as soon as possible so as not to waste time and resources that we could put to good use for other projects,” says Per Hansson, who as Head of Group Strategy and M&A is responsible for the Fast Track Program.
Fast Track lives on agile working methods. This form of cooperation, which is new to MAN Diesel & Turbo, will continue in 2018 as part of strategy implementation and be rolled out to the entire organization.According to Daniela Busse-Agster, who is in charge of the Fast Track Enablement Program,various measures are planned to this end: “We are currently working on a so-called white paper, in which we present the principles of agile working, a method toolbox and various trainings. Around 20 agile mentors are also available to provide advice and look after projects. We should like, if possible, to train more colleagues who would enjoy this role. And, if necessary, we will bring in outside help too.” MAN Diesel & Turbo will not become agile overnight, of course, but Chief Human Resources Officer Wilfried von Rath sets great store by the dictum that the ‘FIT Organization’Pathfinder Project is about long-term culture change:“We are already on our way to becoming a company that is characterized by motivation and community spirit. A silo mentality and rigid hierarchies no longer have a place in the new MDT world. On the contrary, we want to establish an open culture based on trust, which means that we permit mistakes and learn from them.”
is a Pathfinder-Project within in framework oft
he future-project Base Camp 3000+. Its aim is to simplify the organizational
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A silo mentality and rigid hierarchies no longer have
a place in the new MDT world. On the contrary, we want
to establish an open culture based on trust, which
means that we permit mistakes and learn from them.