It's all about A.D.L.I. What does "I" stand for?

Breaking down A.D.L.I. (Approach, Deployment, Learning, Integration)
Welcome back to our series, Breaking down A.D.L.I. (Approach, Deployment, Learning, Integration). In our final post of this series, we will focus on integration.

What does it mean to integrate? We hear it a lot about software and hardware coming together to function as one, but how about people and processes? Let me ask a couple of questions.

1.) Ever had a situation where people worked on different priorities because they were not aligned?
2.) Ever had a situation where all of the information was not present to do your job, but no one knew why?
3.) Ever felt like you were not connected, part of the team and were missing pieces of information that would help you do your job or be successful?

Whether you are talking about projects, processes, people, or proper information, integration is critical. Think of the word "harmonization" as it relates to integration. You have multiple inputs coming together, numerous processes running concurrently, and many outputs continually flowing, in harmony. What would that look like? The system now moves from being one that firefights and reactively reacts to one that is proactive and seeks 24/7 365 seamless operations.

As I wind down our series, I want to leave with three main points about integration and close us out.

1.) Integration doesn't happen by itself or in a vacuum. It occurs when we look beyond just the immediate and make a conscious effort to connect, align and adjust to ensure seamless flow.
2.) It requires more than constant communication, but the right communication containing the correct information. We talked earlier in this series about the approach. We discussed defining the communication requirements upfront starts the process of integration, but the deploy and learn steps help ensure it maintains its course.
3.) Integration is an excellent measurement of organizational maturity. I am not talking about age, but how well things work in harmony. This does not mean that they work 100% of the time, but they follow:

- the defined Approach for how to operate
- Deploy the proactive measures to either improve
- Learn from situations to continually improve
- work to continually Integrate people and processes to increase efficiency and accelerate responses.

It really is all about the ADLI!


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