SERVICES

To enable your organization to adapt more quickly to market changes and increase customer satisfaction, I support you as a management consultant and agile coach in digital and agile transformations

  • with strategies and concepts
  • with procedures (Road Maps), methods and techniques
  • in the selection of suitable AI Initiatives for the digitalization of processes
  • as well as through training and workshops on the following topics:
    • Change Management,
    • Agile Methods
    • Teamwork and
    • AI Technologies and their Use Cases.

In consulting for your organization, I contribute my experience from my many years of management consulting as a project manager at PwC and KPMG, as well as 15 years of self-employment.  I have audited and advised numerous medium-sized and listed companies/ organizations, and in recent years I have worked on assignments related to digitalization and agility.

The focus of my work is always on people with their needs, resources, challenges, and desires. Respectful and appreciative cooperation at eye level is very important to me.

DIGITIZATION

Digitization helps  organizations to adapt to fast-moving market changes, improve the customer and employee experience, become more future-proof and thereby gain competitive advantages:“ – Marion Willems

The term digitization refers to the transformation of analog processes into digital processes (e.g. online commerce) using artificial intelligence.

The aim of digitization is to make processes more efficient and more appropriate to the addressee and thus also to increase customer and employee satisfaction (customer/employee experience) and improve business decisions.

For example, products and services can be better tailored to the customer by means of AI data analysis (e.g. machine learning and natural language processing, digital marketing).

Why is digitization a competitive factor for organizations?

Organizations that do not adapt their business model quickly enough to changing market conditions and customer requirements and that do not progress with digitization are jeopardizing their competitiveness and exposing themselves to the risk of missing the boat or being overtaken by competitors and start-ups with more innovative offerings.

It is therefore of utmost importance to see change and digitization as an opportunity and thus transform the company. Ultimately, the question is whether organizations are fast enough and future-proof.

HOW I WORK

The digital transformation is based on a variety of factors in a company:


In projects or workshops I support you with the solution of the following questions:

Business model: Is the business model aligned to deliver just the right products and solutions that quickly deliver the value customers want?

  • Value Proposition, Customer Experience
  • Resources

Leadership and Vision: Is the executive strategy designed for transformation, innovation, and better and faster business decisions?

  • Digital Leadership
  • Vision – Mission – Strategy

Technologies and Data: Are appropriate AI technologies in place to drive value in processes and end products and services? Is data of sufficient quality available?

  • Machine Learning (ML)
  • Natural Language Processing (NLP)
  • Robotic Process Automation (RPA)

Culture: Does corporate culture promote change and innovation?

  • Values, Mindset
  • Business Practices
  • Organizational Structure
  • Behavior

Employees: Do you have enough suitable employees?

  • Data Scientists
  • Cross-functional Teams
  • Effective Cooperation in Hybrid Organizations

“Digital transformations are largely driven by strategies and not by technologies.” 

Therefore, I also work in the organization in close in-process cooperation with management and its involved persons and partners.

Agile management practices prove to be particularly suitable for driving transformation from strategy to implementation throughout the company. Therefore, I apply agile methods in order to involve employees in the process, to work efficiently in cross-functional teams, and to obtain timely feedback from stakeholders. In this way, value-adding products and solutions can be created for the customer quickly and flexibly in iterative steps.

Four steps to digital transformation:

Digital transformation is carried out with the participation of employees and involved persons and stakeholders using agile methods and workshops in all phases. Transformations are only successful if the employees/involved persons and those affected by the transformation are also behind the change. During the process, changed requirements are incorporated through continuous improvements.

Step 1: Current Situation

  • Analysis of the current situation
  • Where do we need to become more digital?
  • Where is the potential for improvement?

Step 2: Vision and strategy

  • What do we want to achieve? (Vision)
  • What does the strategy mean for the business divisions?

Step 3: Define measures

  • What AI Initiatives need to be taken?
  • Adaptation of the business model if necessary

Step 4: Implementation

  • Implementation of AI initiatives with appropriate use cases
  • Fine-tuning of the business model if necessary

SCHOOL TRANSFORMATION

Schools and societies are facing immense change in an increasingly complex, fragile, and digital world, especially since the Corona pandemic. In the mission to educate students to become responsible citizens, the main current challenges are as follows:

Transforming schools towards a learning culture of potential development (cf. UNESCO’s 6 pillars of education, ESD, SDG No. 4).
In particular, promoting the development of the four future competencies: creativity & innovation, critical thinking & problem solving, communication and collaboration.
Use of new technologies to prepare students for the future.

However, all this also requires a transformation of the school as an organization. Structures in schools need to be rethought and adapted to drive change so that they can respond nimbly to current challenges. The actors involved in schools must work together with a clear focus on change, networking and often taking on new tasks. Change shaped in this way always requires a change in organizational culture and, ultimately, mindset. This is the responsibility of the school management, which should initiate and drive the change as a servant leader and inspiring coach with a clear vision and accompany it authentically through all phases of the change.

The basic approach in the context of accompanying a school transformation

1. Analysis of the “why
The first step is to analyze exactly where you are as a school, principal, or teacher, what the bottlenecks are, and why you want or need to change in order to meet the challenges.
2. Determining the “how”
In this step, a methodical approach for the transformation is worked out together. This can be, for example, experimental work in sprints using agile methods.
3. Defining the “what”
Here, the details (“initiative”) of what should initially be changed as part of a school transformation are defined. These changes can include leadership culture, learning, processes, ways of working, collaboration (with students, teachers and parents, and each other), as well as technological and organizational changes. In most cases, you don’t change everything at once; you change in small operational steps.
4. Implement and scale
As a rule, a pilot project is started, which is then successively rolled out (scaled) to other areas in the school.

In each step, regular retrospectives and feedback rounds are held to review where we are, what we have achieved and where we want to go. Ideas, approaches and solutions are developed jointly in workshops, reflected upon and continuously refined as part of joint learning processes. It is important to me that only solutions are developed that reflect the wishes and needs of the stakeholders involved in the school (head teacher, teachers, students, school supervisors, school authorities, etc.).

My offer:

Benefit from my experience from numerous projects in the economy of different organizations and industries. First, I focus on identifying your current challenges before jointly clarifying in a workshop which specific approach fits best in your context. I support you process-accompanying and with workshops to:

  • Analysis of the Status Quo
  • Strategy development
  • Leadership
  • Culture and mindset shift
  • Team development
  • Change Management
  • Communication and conflict management and prevention as a certified mediator
  • Agile methods (e.g. introduction of Scrum for Schools)
  • School Development in the context of a school-wide transformation
  • Learning innovation methods
  • Process improvement
  • Digitalization and Artificial  Intelligence

REFERENCES

Medium-sized service company: 
Service company wants to make its business model more digital. The task was to conduct an as-is analysis of the current business model, eliminate weaknesses in the processes and develop a target picture for a future-proof organization.
Result:
Advising management on a future-proof business model including a digital strategy and AI-supported use cases to improve business processes. This led to increased automation of previously manual processes and thus to cost savings.


Software company (Process Mining):

A startup wants to distribute its AI software to interested industrial companies that want to use algorithms to collect data in their business processes for process mining.
Result: Advising management on customer outreach using use cases for typical company processes; creating customer presentations and demo versions for customer outreach.


Software company (Data Analyst):

A startup would like to distribute its AI software to interested industrial companies.
Result: Advising management on creating use cases for customer outreach regarding business analytics; co-developed an IT tool for anti-money laundering analysis


Registered Association:

A voluntary association would like to receive a regular and up-to-date overview and status of various projects; introduction of agile methods (Scrum)
Result: Implementation of the project management with the help of Scrum technology, execution of sprints and retrospectives, attainment of a company-wide understanding of Scrum by the employees.


International public listed company:

Compliance audit regarding a group-wide compliance management system  and its special  legal requirements and their implementation within and outside Europe; random sampling audit
Result: Audit report to the Management Board


Carbon Market Company:

Implementation of a risk and compliance management strategy in accordance with legal requirements through to operational implementation, implementation of preventive anti-money laundering measures
Result: company-wide implementation of risk-oriented counterparty compliance management and anti-money laundering checks


Listed industrial company:

Employee training in compliance management regarding a code of ethics, coaching of the CFO regarding the establishment of a compliance management system.

LECTURES AND SESSIONS AT EVENTS AND BARCAMPS

Effective Communication (08 January 2020):
Meetup Agile Stammtisch Rhein Main at AOE GmbH


HR Management and Recruiting in the Digital World (March 23, 2020):
with Dr. Philipp Diebold, Bagilstein GmbH, at Gutenberg Digital Hub, Mainz.


Team communication in a difficult project situation (April 16, 2020):
Cosee GmbH, Meetup Scrumtisch Darmstadt.


HR Management and Recruiting in the Digital World (April 23, 2020):
Corporate culture as an interface to agility, discussion and moderation with Dr. Philipp Diebold, Bagilstein GmbH, at Gutenberg Digital Hub, Mainz.


5 Ways to Facilitate Efficient Teamwork (August 20, 2020):
Xing Events


WOL Barcamp 2020 (November 26, 2020):
Virtual session: leading conversations and clarifying conversations in (WOL) teams.


Guest on Bagilstein’s #Genaumeinagil #podcast on the topic of efficient teams:
Link to post


Participative organizations: How can I best engage my employee:s in the organization? (January 5, 2021, 4 – 5 p.m.)
Virtual lecture in cooperation with the Gutenberg Digital Hub and the business development of the state capital Mainz.


Making Social Enterprises fit for change -interactive Workshop with three sessions at Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences (February 4, 2021)

1. Making Social Enterprises fit for change – what Social Enterprises can learn from business

2. How social enterprises can become more agile and innovative

3. Participation and networking for social enterprises.

Corona made it clear to us: Complex challenges can only be tackled with agile methods, creativity, and innovation.

In this context, participation, collaboration and increasing networking prove to be helpful amplifiers in the context of change.

Participants will learn about participative organizational structures and methods from the business world and, through interactive exercises, how to get involved in a participative way, what agile methods are and how to move ideas forward.


Agility meets entrepreneurship (March 15, 2021)
Agility and entrepreneurship are often seen as two different pairs of shoes. In this interactive talk, we want to bridge the gap between both worlds by role-playing the participants, in addition to providing an introduction to the topic.
Join us for our interactive and participative talk at the Scrum User Group Rhein-Neckar on 15.3. 2021, which I will give together with Stefan Müller from 18:30 – 21:00.
Registration link:
https://www.xing.com/events/agile-monday-agilitat-trifft-unternehmertum-3276287/


Making schools fit for change with open innovation (May 19, 2021)

How to playfully engage education enthusiasts in school innovation.
Session with Ms. Gabriele Bolek-Fuegl and Marion Willems at INEXDI 21 .

ABOUT ME

Marion Willems Scrum Master

Marion Charlotte Willems, Diplom-Kauffrau, Certified Scrum Master ®, Certified Mediator

I am a self-employed management consultant and Agile Coach with many years of experience in consulting medium-sized and listed companies. The focus of my work is supporting organizations in agile and digital transformations as well as conducting trainings and workshops.

At the core of my work is the human being with his needs and interests. In doing so, I work with the client at eye level, focused and solution-oriented, taking into account the available resources and efficiency criteria.

Before becoming self-employed, I worked as a project manager for KPMG and PwC, auditing and advising companies on process and risk management. Another field of activity was auditing activities in the context of annual financial statements.

COOPERATIONS

I cooperate with a network of freelance management consultants, software companies and data scientists.

I also lead two Working Out Loud Circles: WOL Transformation in Organizations and WOL4education.

In questions of compliance management I cooperate with renowned lawyers. www.compliance-alliance.eu

NETWORKS

I am actively involved in the following networks for the exchange of knowledge and experience:

Gutenberg Digital Hub


Scrum Alliance


LinkedIn


Deutscher Fachjournalisten Verband (DFJV)


KölnAlumni (Alumni der Universität zu Köln)


Xing

MIT Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Artificial Intelligance Past Participants Network

CONTACT

Diplom-Kauffrau Marion Charlotte Willems, certified Scrum Master ® (Scrum Alliance), certified Mediator

Am Römischen Hof 28, 61352 Bad Homburg

If you want to work with me or have any questions about digital transformation topics, please do not hesitate to connect with me on LinkedIn or write a mail to mc@marionwillems.de.