What We Do and Why We Do It
We’re here to help solve problems. We’ve seen many great ideas fail to flourish not because of a lack of passion, but for want of strategic process. We started Adaptive Capacity to help teams build project management process and get things done!
Our approach to project management improves project success through these values:
- Developing clarity about projects and responsibilities
- Building employee buy-in
- Understanding and valuing what each client and each employee brings to the table
- Creating, managing, and maintaining effective process
- Fostering adaptivity for effective response in an ever-changing world
Adaptive Capacity: the ability of a system to adapt in a changing environment with minimal loss of function. This ability is determined by the existence of a flexible process, creative problem solving, and an awareness of the needs of all stakeholders.
The Adaptive Capacity Story
Idealists in love set out to change the world
Shannon and Charlie both got jobs right out of college with a nonprofit – Shannon as a writer and editor, and Charlie in the IT department. Shannon’s computer kept breaking, resulting in an unusually high volume of helpdesk calls. We were married a year later. We were drawn to each other’s passion for making the world a better place, sharing inspiration for nonprofits and organizations dedicated to living out their mission.
There’s gotta be a better way
Fast forward to several happy years later, Shannon engaged in editorial work and Charlie immersed in technology and operations. Independently, we each began to experience frustration at work about the many interesting and powerful ideas that never bore fruit. Our conclusion: many organizations suffer from systemic problems that prevent projects from successful completion.
Kids, they ruin… er, I mean change everything!
Adding kids to our family changed our view of “work” and “life.” We were frustrated by the idea that one parent should miss out on professional fulfillment while the other missed out on deep and meaningful engagement with the family. So, Shannon took the opportunity to complete her graduate degree and got a part-time job. Meanwhile, Charlie began our first family business. Charlie primarily operated the business, and Shannon was a supportive (yet silent) partner.
Those without vision do everything
Running his own business, Charlie was able to work from home and spend more time with Gabe. Though we both knew that without a specific vision, it’s easy to try to do “everything,” the family business took on jobs related to IT, programming, design, strategy and marketing in order to get the business off the ground. We figured we’d get to the mission and vision stuff later. (We also had another baby boy born.)
Finding our passion: maximizing success through process
Many late night conversations later, we realized that at the root of everything we were doing was an opportunity to improve process. (Shannon had to be convinced. The word “process” sounded too boring!) We restarted the business as Adaptive Capacity, this time, as partners. And we started the same way we recommend our clients begin any new project: with a compelling vision, a clear purpose, and a desire to make the world a better place.
Meet the Adaptive Capacity Founders
Let’s Get Things Done!
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