Monthly Archives: October 2012

Organizations are conservative

You’ve got all these people. So you organize them, right? That was really useful back when communications around the office moved at the pace of a handwritten note or a typed carbon copy, coupled with an occasional person-to-person telephone call. … Continue reading

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Principles as Attractors and Safety Mechanisms

Governing IT to generate innovation and value means having the business unlock resources for these purposes. Safe-to-fail experiments — the hallmark of probing for opportunity — are a type of “project”, therefore, that will be run. They will tend to … Continue reading

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Governance models for the real world

Different types of order require different approaches to leadership, and thus different approaches to governance. First, let’s get situated. If you’re not familiar with the Cognitive Edge Cynefin Framework, this post is going to lean on it heavily. Dave Snowden, … Continue reading

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Rebalancing is an ongoing task

All asset portfolios in an enterprise must be periodically renovated, refurbished and replaced. That’s certainly true for software assets. Software is designed at a point in time, and reflects work as it was understood then. Eventually the deviation between old … Continue reading

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Getting past the impulse to order everything

There’s a constant temptation in management more generally, and IT specifically, to presume that everything not only can be ordered, but that it ought to be. Perhaps, for IT people, it comes from the origins of the work. The original … Continue reading

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