The Pragmatic Family of Frameworks


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I am aware that some cultures view the word Pragmatic in a negative way. Thinking in terms of being very prescriptive and controlling. As you will see, this is not what we mean by Pragmatic.

Everyone has heard of the 80/20 rule. But this is not marketing hype. The 80/20 rule has scientific grounding and is also known as the “The Pareto principle”, “the law of the vital few” or “the principle of factor sparsity”. All of which state that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the effort.

It doesn’t say what the effect will be - good or bad. Put in the “right” 20% and you will probably get “Good” effects. Put in the “wrong” 20% and you will probably get “Bad” effects. But it implies that it is good to concentrate on the 20% of things that produce the best effects.

Put simply, being Pragmatic means - Doing the right things - Effectiveness.

So, with respect to transformation (projects) we could say that 20% of what companies are doing, generates 80% of the results. 80% of projects fail! That indicates to me that companies are doing the WRONG 20%!


Questions to ponder...

How does the 80/20 rule manifest itself inside your Enterprise?

What proportion of your time is spent on the 20% that produces 80% of the benefit vs the 80% that will only produce 20% of the benefit?

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