The concept of Transformation
Debt™ (originally called Enterprise Debt) was created in 2008 as part of PEAF,
based on the concept of Technical Debt.
Pragmatic EA Ltd has
since clarified expanded and developed the concept into a practical and
easily usable methodology.
This methodology can
be easily adopted to Pragmatically mature an Enterprises Transformation
Technical Debt only considered one type of guidance “Think
Long Term” in relation to IT Solutions (Application, Data, Platform,
Technology) - illustrated on the graphic with green lines.
Transformation Debt™ takes this basic idea and expands it in
3 very important ways - illustrated on the graphic with purple lines:
Firstly, it applies not only to IT, but also (using MACE) to the
Methods, Artefacts, Culture and the rest of the Environment domain (such as
frameworks and locations) that IT is only a sub-domain of.
Secondly, it applies not only to one kind of guidance (“Think
Long Term”) but to all types of Guidance (Values, Principles, Policies,
Standards, etc) that guide HOW we effect Transformation, and the Structural
Guidance provided by the levels above.
And thirdly, it applies not only in one phase (Constructing) but
in all phases of the Transformation stack.
In this way, Transformation Debt™ sits at the heart of the
Governance & Lobbying disciplines which are the glue the makes the whole
Transformation cascade coherent, effective and efficient.
It provides the concept, mechanism and practical guidance
that allows for problems or opportunities to be exposed (whenever and wherever
they occur), and for them to then be evaluated and raised to the correct level
for a decision to be made regarding their resolution in the full knowledge of
the implications of doing so or not doing so.