Tuesday, March 20, 2007

 

Enterprise Architecture and Avoiding Blame...

Collective crimes incriminate no one...



Organizational practices encourage folks to look for someone to blame when something goes wrong, rather than looking for things to change to prevent the error in future. The best way to to recognize yourself as a guilty participant is to ask yourself whether you have started to spend more time on impression management.

Successful enterprises manage the physical, sociological, spiritual, and perceptual. However, many managers spend nearly all of their time managing only the perceptual aka impression management. Companies that practice this look quite good, but rot away internally. Enron and Worldcom are great examples...

The notion of piercing the veil has to be championed by those within large enterprises at all levels and internalized. To do so means that having a healthy cynical attitude, listening for intentions, and avoiding being conned, manipulated, or exploited becomes crucial for success.

Enterprises also need to not communicate with employees in the same manner as they would communicate in an annual report. Communications need to become personal and not sanitized by communications professionals. Agilists understand that the best architectures are realized via face-to-face conversations and that the notion of organizational architecture is just as important as software architecture...




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