Random Monday Thoughs

On this Monday morning my thoughts center on why is it so hard to embrace governance, any form of governance for that matter, be it software development governance, SOA governance, data governance, IT governance, so on a so fourth?

Most customers that I meet tend to think that they don't need don't need governance as all is good within the enterprise. The question I generally pose to colleges and customers, is you have to think of governance as an insurance policy. Take of instance, if you just bought a new car, perhaps your "dream" car, would you drive it on the open streets without having the car insured? Probably not.

Governance is what insurance is to new cars, be it to SOA, IT transformations and software development. Governance is a insurance policy against risk of failure. Now once I put it in this context, ask yourself, does governance have value to your organization? Most people now get it. Once the seed of governance is planted at the executive level of an organization, it becomes a exercise in planting an that idea into key personnel within the organization. Then the justification for governance grows and grows across the enterprise.

Thats my food for though in this Monday morning.

FYI, stay tuned for an upcoming multi-part article on using Oracle Enterprise Repository to build a Enterprise Continuum as described in TOGAF v9.0.


Comments:

Although I am 100% on your side I still see that the land to plant the seed of Governance is very barren. Educated minds would think that SOA Governance would come naturally, just as Security would. Fact is that the decision makers are not ready for it, don't know about the values and just simply don't do it. Compared to the example of the car insurance, SOA Governance must become mandatory.

Posted by Andreas Chatziantoniou on February 15, 2011 at 09:37 AM CAST #

This was a very captivating topic that you never hear about anymore. Or you do but people are afraid to really climb into the under belly of it and be honest from the begining.

Posted by Hvac Colorado Springs on February 16, 2011 at 09:38 PM CAST #

Thanks for the feedback Hvac, I think organization tend to shy away from governance for a number of reasons: 1. Governance is hard. And people and organization tend to want to do the easy things first. My response to this concern, is that you can introduce a little bit of governance at a time, and focus on the quick wins, low hanging fruit first. Then as the success and results of the adoption of governance take hold, broadcast the success and results to the entire organization and reward the team for their success. Then in my experience, governance adoption starts to gain traction. 2. Governance is a behavior change, not a tooling change for the organization. Therefore is hard for organization to understand where to start. In reality, you can start working on governance anywhere within the organization, and go everywhere from there. Tooling can only help automate and enforce governance. 3. Governance has a bad rap in the organization and is seen as a drag on productivity and effort. This is normally based on a prior effort to have governance within the organization.

Posted by Terry Goldman on February 17, 2011 at 05:37 AM CAST #

Thanks Andreas for the feedback. Yes, I concur. To many times I have seen that only when failure has occurred and quality has suffered, only then is governance sought. In this way, governance is a after though, rather then a fore though. This is a big challenge to change this within the enterprise.

Posted by Terry Goldman on February 18, 2011 at 09:24 AM CAST #

Thank you for the auspicious writeup. It in fact was a amusement account it. Look advanced to more added agreeable from you! However, how could we communicate?

Posted by Yaeko Preisendorf on March 13, 2011 at 04:54 AM CAST #

Thanks for your feedback Yaeko. I can always be reached at terry.goldman@oracle.com.

Posted by Terry Goldman on April 21, 2011 at 05:42 AM CAST #

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