You’d Have To Be Crazy
You’d have to be crazy… to suggest to managers that management is a dysfunctional anachronism for knowledge work, and recommend other means to coordinate and direct the work.
You’d have to be insane… to disband the functional silos in your organisation and move to another organising principle, such as value streams.
You’d have to be mad to stop using projects as the container for development work, and adopt e.g. some kind of flow-based approach.
You’d have to be a lunatic… to embed organisational change in the processes of daily operations and business-as-usual.
You’d have to be cracked… to want to see a wildly successful business, with all the extra work, risk and upheaval that would entail.
You’d have to be a sandwich short of a picnic… to stop directing people and instead give them the support they need to direct and organise themselves.
You’d have to be psycho… to hire a psychotherapist to help improve the health of your organisation.
You’d have to be cuckoo… to trust your people to find their own, effective ways of making software and products.
You’d have to be barmy… to believe the science about people, collaboration and motivation, and implement policies based on that.
You’d have to be deranged… to want to know what’s really going on, to think about stuff and to use your brain.
You’d have to be unhinged… to run against the grain of the opinions and expectations of your peers and do things differently to the accepted norms.
In short, you’d have to be wacko to step out of line. And there’s the rub. So many pressures opposing positive change. So much danger for the reformer. So much safer to conform, keep quiet, and not rock the boat.
“And let it be noted that there is no more delicate matter to take in hand, nor more dangerous to conduct, nor more doubtful in its success, than to set up as a leader in the introduction of changes. For he who innovates will have for his enemies all those who are well off under the existing order of things, and only the lukewarm supporters in those who might be better off under the new.”
~ Niccolo Machiavelli
So, until the deranged win out, we continue to live and work in a world, and in organisations, already entirely bonkers.