If you are not moving at the speed of the marketplace you're already dead - you just haven't stopped breathing yet. - Jack Welch
The organizational structure in which most of us operate today can be quite an obstacle to respond adequately to a fast-changing business environment. In fact, traditional organizational structures are not designed to deal with a Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA) world. This leads to employees feeling disengaged from their companies, and to companies being outmanoeuvred by their competition.
It's 9 o'clock on a Saturday morning. I start my computer and launch the Skype app. I create a video call with two of my buddies and then get breakfast.
Suddenly I hear: "Hey Jeremy, you there?".
I pause my breakfast, go to my computer and I see Kevin, I wave to him and say "yeah, I'm just finishing breakfast, I'll be there in a minute".
Kevin nods, "OK, I'll continue with finishing up my scenario".
I go finish my breakfast and then join Kevin on my computer.
Architecture is a business asset that deserves explicit investment and care to generate long term benefits. Let me explain.
Software architecture is as important as functionality, at least in the long run. Sounds reasonable. I asked more than 1000 technical people in the last year if they agree with this statement, and they overwhelmingly do so. But, what does this actually mean?
As the functionality of a system is recognized as a business asset, it follows that architecture of that system is a business asset as well. And they both should be approached with the same rigor.
We all communicate and we all know it’s important. And culture is important. So important, in fact, that without the right one a company runs the risk of not achieving any of its goals. One of Larman's Laws of Organisation Behaviour also painfully shows the importance of culture and how difficult it is to nurture: Culture follows structure. Or, Culture/behavior/mindset follows system & organizational design.
I recently attended some events where talks on different subjects brought the audience to specific puzzle pieces of understanding on how complex adaptive systems perform best, especially taking into consideration the human factor.
The first talk was at an event hosted by Lego®, where Pedro De Bruyckere did a talk about "How play changed the world (and vice versa)".