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“It's great to do a deep dive of framework materials - a course participant can always uncovers tidbits of value that are overlooked or minimized during the pressures of actual practice.” - Enterprise Architect, Green Tree Services, USA, Aug 2013

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“Yes - All of the essentials; none of the fluff.” - Management Consultant, A.B. Roper, USA, Jun 2012

Pragmatic’s Ontologies and Frameworks can easily be thought of some ivory tower academic tomes which are nice in a perfect world but does not provide any practical advice.

People ask me…

“Yeah! It’s great but, does it tell me and others exactly what to do, when, how and with what?

Usually closely followed by…

“It’s not detailed enough to be useful.”

The answer is no. That is exactly what they were designed not to do.

Yes, there is a difference between theory and practice. In practice detail will be exposed and problems will be found that means we cannot follow the theory literally and to the letter, but theory is never meant to be applied literally and so why people complain when it’s not I am not sure. It’s almost like people want theory to be practice, which if it was, it wouldn’t be theory anymore!

In the world, there is no lack of things telling people exactly what to do with excruciating detail (look at some other frameworks out there) and while detail is good, detail that is not framed in theory is either foolhardy or just plain dangerous. Balance is the key. We call that a Pragmatic approach.

Theory is more about thinking than doing and practice is more about doing than thinking. The intimation that if something is “theory” it is useless and not worth looking at is ludicrous, but people do it all the time and use it as way to dismiss things. Maybe it’s a sign of the times we live in where doing things is the only thing people seem to care about - thinking doesn’t seem to have any value anymore. Which is really strange since thinking is exactly what humans are best at.

The truth is, everything you see around you was built on theory.

Theory provides a context for practice to happen within.

By exposing the fundamentals of transformation and defining patterns that link all the parts into a holistic whole we give people the context to work within that continuum cooperatively. It’s like driving a car, you don’t teach someone to drive a car by telling them how to turn the steering wheel (left a bit, right a bit, a bit more, too much, go a bit left, a bit more….) you explain and show what the steering wheel and other controls do and how they interrelate, understanding the physics involved and getting them to feel the physics involved (e.g. what happens if you turn the steering wheel fast at high speed as compared to slow speed) and that provides the context.

 

Is someone telling you when to turn the steering wheel and how much?

Does your Enterprise provide you with things that allow you to understand how you fit into the overall Transformation domain?

If not, would your job be more effective, efficient and more rewarding if it did?

Who will you lobby to provide it?

 

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