These adjustments to the Methods, Artefacts, Culture and
Environment used for Transformation take an investment of time, money and most
importantly commitment. How much time, money and commitment is required, is a
function of the current Transformational Complexity that exists.
The higher the current level of Transformational Complexity
it is being adopted to deal with, the higher the initial investment of time and
money and will, will be. This is due to a negative feedback effect. When The
Architecture Paradigm™ is not used, any changes made tend to increase the
Structural Complexity of the thing being changed, not because it needs to be
that complex, but because of a lack of knowledge about the thing being changed.
This negative feedback loop is cumulative and can run out of control as the
rule of compound interest takes over. The cost of understanding and sorting out
the Structural Complexity rises each time another change is made meaning each
time there is an opportunity to make the changes necessary to be able to use
The Architecture Paradigm™, the appetite for doing so, the will, reduces. This
is a downward spiral into oblivion.
So as the need to make the adjustments increase, the
appetite (and therefore commitment) to make them, decreases. If left too late,
there comes a time when the amount of time and money and will required is just
not available, and the “thing” in question will cease to be able to transform
at all. When you are drowning, it’s too late to learn how to swim.
Where is your Enterprise on
Where will it be in the next
one, three, five years?
What will you do then? What
will you do now to prepare for then?