Any framework will never be 100% correct for 100% of
Enterprises. Therefore, it is reasonable for users of frameworks to view them
in terms of adopting and levering what works for them. This is generally
accepted. The question is, how?
The X-Frameworks and Ontologies illustrate the way an
Enterprise can use the Pragmatic Frameworks -
To use them as a basis to create their own Enterprise specific frameworks (X-Framework)
by taking a Pragmatic Framework (or Ontology) and
making the necessary changes required, in terms of content, branding, naming
etc. The “X” is used as a placeholder that is meant to be replaced by an
acronym specific to your Enterprise.
Most other frameworks only provide the absolute minimum help
(generally nothing!) to adopt them for two main reasons:
¨ Tailoring - Firstly, in terms of being able to
tailor a framework to your Enterprise so that it becomes your framework. This
is usually because framework providers do not want to give you their “crown
jewels”. Doing so would enable you as an End-User Organisation to do a lot of
the work yourself, without the need to spend large amounts of money on external
consultants to do so.
Adoption - Secondly, in terms of
levels of maturity and how to go about adopting the framework. Again, this is
usually because framework providers do not want to give Enterprises those
things because if they did then those Enterprise could adopt them with much
less “help” from outside consultancies.
Pragmatic takes a
distinctly different view by being committed to providing as much collateral
and guidance as possible, in order to keep the money spent on external
consultants (including our own!) to a minimum, in addition to reducing the risk
The Pragmatic way for an
Enterprise to adopt any framework (and thereby increase its maturity in a
particular domain) is for that Enterprise to do so themselves (perhaps
supported by an external consultant operating in a supporting, mentoring and
facilitating role) rather than something a consultancy comes in and does “to
We absolutely understand that most of the time peoples “day
jobs” do not allow them to spend time modifying and adopting a framework, but
we believe that rather than allowing your existing staff to continue 100% with
their “day job” and then paying consultants to come in and “do it to you”, a
better use of resources is to pay consultants to backfill your existing people
(if required), to free some of their time to allow them to modify and adopting
the framework (possibly supported by an external consultant).
What Frameworks have you
adopted (or tried to adopt) in the past?
How easy was it?
How much help and guidance was
provided “out of the box”?
How easy was it to modify and augment
How much consultancy time and
money was required?
Was the adoption successful?