The End of Process

Organizations are trapped in a spiral of declining innovation led by the false promise of efficiency. Workers are given firm guidelines and are trained to only draw within them. Managers have the false belief engineered process and hoarding information is a substitute for good leadership. Processes fail and silos persist despite dysfunctional matrices. Executives are so far removed from exceptions and objections that all they get are carefully packaged reports of good news and numbers that reveal the bad when it's too late.

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If a knowledge worker has relevant information at their finger tips, can form the right group to handle an exception, leverage the social context of information and contribute to memory as a natural by-product of getting work done -- what is the role of process?

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I do believe the arguments for engineering organizations are being trumped by new practices and simple tools.  The first organizations bringing it to an end will have a decided competitive advantage.

Ross Mayfield