barrier to getting an Enterprise to mature its Transformation capability is
that many Enterprises have a compulsion to reduce things to the point of
In general, people have the drive to want to do the absolute
minimum. And that basic feeling is cultured by Management’s insatiable appetite
for quick wins and low hanging fruit. That’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Architects do it all the time - reducing things to the simplest and most
fundamentally important parts. The problem is, when you reduce things to the
minimum and still people ask, “Hmmm - OK - I understand, but can’t we just do
PEAF was created in 2008 and contains ONLY the things that need to be addressed otherwise failure is extremely likely. This is based on
first-hand experience, by observing failure and creating things to stop others
making the same mistakes. Ergo, PEAF is already the smallest set of things that
need to be done to have a very good chance of success. However, this does not
stop people always asking, “Hmmm - OK - I understand, but can’t we just do
something smaller?” The simple answer is No. The only caveat I put on that is
Governance & Lobbying, which is one self-contained area that could be
improved without regard to anything else in PEAF. Although, having said that, ignoring the cultural aspects will
likely guarantee failure.
“Everything should be made as simple as possible. But no
What’s the minimum your
Enterprise will adopt?