Wolfram Müller is not only a bottleneck consultant at Consileon, but also a co-founder of BlueDolphin (www.blue-dolphin.world). What the Blue Dolphins are all about and how they help companies to work more efficiently and effectively is explained by Wolfram Müller in this interview.
Wolfram, what exactly is BlueDolphin?
It is not a company, as many mistakenly assume. BlueDolphin is a worldwide community. We members call each other “dolphins”. Our focus is on bottleneck management in product development as well as self-organized, agile transformation based on the Theory of Constraints (TOC for short). We regularly exchange information on methods and procedures and support each other in implementation projects.
How did the establishment of BlueDolphin come about?
A few years ago, I had my own consulting firm that specialized in agile transformation and hyperperformance. We discovered that transformation within a company works best when the consultant is not on site very often and when the change comes from within. After the project was completed, one client told us that five consultant days instead of three weeks would have been enough for him. That made me think.
And that’s how you came to be more involved with self-organization?
Exactly. I worked very intensively on self-organized changes, agile transformations and bottleneck management and exchanged ideas with scientists. At the same time, we validated this together with customers. In the meantime, four books have been published on the subject and a number of presentations have been given; even manufacturers of project management software have adopted the ideas.
These insights were eye-opening for me. Through this, I met many people around the world who were similarly fascinated by it as I was – the community came together as if by itself. On October 21, 2019, we officially launched BlueDolphin.
Three pillars form the foundation for the BlueDolphin community:
- We have the knowledge of how transformations to hyperperformance companies work, and the people who have experienced it before.
- This knowledge should be freely available to everyone at any time – that’s why we publish everything under a so-called Creative Commons license by SA!
- We actively support above all companies that (want to) make the world a better place.
Which people belong to the network of dolphins – and where do they come from?
Our most important medium is LinkedIn. Here we regularly post new articles and provide free materials that anyone can download. Every week, we add about one or two new dolphins. These are mostly experienced managers and consultants who are no longer interested in the classic consulting business. The new dolphins usually bring a concrete problem or a customer with them. Typically, they then always find a dolphin in our international network who takes them under his wing or fins and carries out the project together with them. We have a clearly defined procedure for analyzing bottlenecks and getting top and middle management on board. This is the common framework – the “BlueDolphin process.” To make sure everything is on track, most projects are handled organizationally through Consileon.
Do you have to take an exam to call yourself a BlueDolphin?
Bisher noch nicht. Es ist lediglich ein Letter of Intend notwendig. Darin verspricht man, dass man das Wissen nicht für Produkte oder Dienstleistungen ve
Not yet. All that is required is a letter of intent. This promises that the knowledge will not be used for products or services that harm humanity. That is the only requirement.
Currently, there are weekly BootCamps, where knowledge is imparted and exchanged. Every six months there is also a Gathering, where all dolphins worldwide come together and work on different topics in working groups. Here we are also working on a kind of certification.
As co-founder of BlueDolphin, what other visions for the future do you have?
The most important thing, as I said, is to support as many organizations and companies that do something good for the world. For such organizations, analysis and concept development are free of charge. I wish that many more organizations will make use of this offer in the future.
I also dream of “Local for Locals” groups in different countries. If, for example, the Indian or South American dolphins met and pushed the idea further and improved it, that would be great!
Another dream of mine is about to become reality: We have improved and simplified our support to the point where we can offer an easy-to-understand entry-level product. We will no longer explain the basics of a change within a few days, but in an incredible eight hours! Directly live on the specific scenario.
Transformation to a high-performance company in just eight hours?
Not bad. Good luck with that.
And thank you very much for the interview!