Here the phases are across the top and the disciplines are
down the side. The coloured humps give an indication of when each discipline is
used and to what degree. Some of you will notice the similarity with RUP
(Rational Unified Process). POET does not use RUP and
does not mandate anyone that uses POET should adopt RUP. However,
POET does recognise some important fundamentals that are present in RUP, which
POET has also adopted:
Firstly, POET (like RUP) recognises Phases vs Disciplines and
that the mapping of disciplines to phases is complex and not a simple
one-to-one mapping. In addition POET also adds the disciplines of Modelling,
Discovery, and Governing & Lobbying.
Secondly, POET (like RUP) is iterative and recognises that within
each of the phases, the work carried out may not be of a simple waterfall
nature but is more naturally of an iterative nature.
We also need to point out that while RUP is IT Project
Centric, POET is Enterprise Transformation centric, recognising that
Transformation has an Enterprise scope (not just IT) and encompasses
Strategising and Roadmapping as well as Project Execution.
Note the background colours:
Light blue for disciplines that predominately work on Structural
Light red for disciplines that predominately work on
Transformational information (MAGMA).
Grey for disciplines that work on both Structural and
The disciplines identified in red text (which form the
backbone of Pragmatic Transformation) are defined in more detail later.
So, starting to look at the disciplines and phases contained
in RUP, the question was, “What work is going on in the Strategising and
Roadmapping phases?”. It turns out the it’s the same!
So I extended the use of the basic disciplines to the left.
Essentially, the only difference between the use of Analysis and Design in the
project phases, and the use of Analysis and Design in the Strategising and
Roadmapping phases, is the information that is being Analysed and Designed. The
same is true for all the other disciplines also, to a greater or lesser extent.
To complete the work going on in the Strategising and
Roadmapping phases I added more key disciplines that are sadly very immature in
many Enterprises. Having done so, I then realised that these disciplines are
also used (and mostly immature) in the Project level phases also (Initiating,
Elaboration, Constructing and Transitioning)
And so they we added there too, which provides us with a
complete overview of the key disciplines used throughout the Transformation
At this point, it is also worth point out, that Frameworks aimed
at maturing parts of the Transformation domain, could be focussed around Phases
or around Disciplines. For example, PRINCE2 is organised around the Project Planning and
Management disciplines (horizontally), whereas EA frameworks such as
PEAF are organised around the Strategising and Roadmapping phases (vertically). In general, this
distinction is largely hidden and exists because without POET there is no
context to position them within.