Role Modellers Reinvent the world. Not the wheel.

Many of the most important innovations in services delivery involve people in different organisations working together to change the way they collaborate and the technologies they use.

Large-scale, cross-boundary change of this kind is hard, so it often gets no further than the region or community where it was first introduced. How much more impact would be gained if others could see what was done, why it worked so well, and how to replicate it for themselves?

Our cloud software HumanEdj is a social media tool for people to find, discuss and copy proven change initiatives as online collaboration templates - simple, interactive descriptions of collaborative innovations that explain their benefit and show everything required to replicate them. You can use a collaboration template to generate a flexible collaboration plan, adapt it to local needs, then use it to replicate the innovation with low cost and low risk.

HumanEdj collaboration templates:

  • Empower people to replicate successful changes without handholding from the original innovators
  • Share knowledge between teams and organizations, within and across communities
  • Reduce the cost and risk of innovation
  • Integrate with Twitter to make optimal use of social media
  • Showcases of collaboration plans based on collaboration templates can be created for specific regions and/or communities to enable take-up of the corresponding innovations:

  • Cheaply by reducing the manual effort required to communicate innovations to stakeholders
  • Safely by providing a standard basis for implementation of innovations
  • Widely by using social media to share innovations
  • Quickly by making it easy for stakeholders to understand innovations
  • For more information about enabling large-scale change via HumanEdj, please email us.

    See example collaboration templates for aligning health and social care organisations with each other and with NHS strategy in NHS GATHER.

    Collaboration plans based on collaboration templates enable take-up of the corresponding innovations for specific regions and/or communities.

    The main advantage is very simple - to provide simple, clear online views showing everyone involved "who does what at which stage" to meet shared goals. This requires no user training.

    More advanced features are available if required. A full feature list is shown below.

    Design Innovation

    1. Describe "who does what at which stage" to meet shared goals via Stages (work streams), Roles (responsibilities) and Activities

    2. Assign time percentages, day rates and overhead percentages to Roles

    3. Assign start/end dates and effort to Activities

    4. Create online forms that assign deliverables and inputs to Activities

    5. Assign impact (financial and qualitative), likelihood and importance to deliverables

    6. View fine-grained dependencies based on use of deliverables as inputs to other Activities

    7. Create sub-Plans as deliverables of Activities

    8. Import and export Plans in spreadsheet and other formats

    Do Innovation

    9. Accept or decline Roles (responsibilities)

    10. See who you are working with to meet each goal

    11. View the messages, documents and data associated with a goal

    12. Sort your To Do list by urgency and associated goal

    13. Create and update deliverables

    14. Approve and cancel deliverables

    15. Take part in a Plan by email

    16. Use secure feeds to stay up to date

    Manage Innovation

    17. Delegate and re-assign work

    18. Change Plans on the fly

    19. Search documents and data including all previous versions

    20. Re-use Plans as Plan templates

    21. Provide hyperlinked, Red-Amber-Green coded views including overview grid, cost/benefit/progress table (including risks, issues, benefits, costs, revenues, effort, and more), resource allocation, GANTT chart, financial dashboard, and cross-cutting work

    22. Create secure Web views and feeds with a single click

    23. Share outputs via social media with a single click

    24. Slice and dice Plans via business intelligence tools

    Role Modellers is a not-for-profit social enterprise founded in 2001 to empower use for social good of the collaborative work theory now known as Virtual Team Planning.

    The theory originated in UK government sponsored research [1], was refined and extended over the next 15 years by Keith Harrison-Broninski, and finally published as the theory of Human Interaction Management [2,4] and associated change management methodology Goal-Oriented Organizational Design [3,4].

    Prototyping of our flagship product HumanEdj as a desktop application began in 2005, and was beta tested by over 300 organizations in order to perfect its unique architecture. In 2010 the current Web application emerged from R&D.

    In 2012, Gartner recognized Role Modellers as a Cool Vendor. In 2014 HumanEdj was adopted for large-scale use by the UK National Health Service as NHS GATHER.

    Backed by the RSA, Role Modellers is currently launching the new service Town Digital Hub to help councils make more effective use of volunteering.

    1. WARBOYS, B., 1989, "The IPSE 2.5 Project: Process Modelling as a Basis for a Support Environment", Proceedings of the First International Conference on System Development Environments and Factories SDEF1, May 1989, Berlin, Pitman 1990
    2. HARRISON-BRONINSKI K., 2005, "Human Interactions - The Heart and Soul of Business Process Management", Meghan-Kiffer Press, ISBN 978-0929652443
    3. HARRISON-BRONINSKI K., 2011, "Change Management Processes" in "Social BPM: Work, Planning and Collaboration Under the Impact of Social Technology", Workflow Management Coalition, ISBN 978-0-981987-08-8
    4. BROCKE J., ROSEMANN M., 2014, "Handbook on Business Process Management 2: Strategic Alignment, Governance, People and Culture (2nd edition)", Springer. ISBN 978-3-642-45102-7

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