1.303

I’m sure you are now wondering “what the heck is he all about now… a post title containing nothing but a number…?

I got a text message containing nothing but this number earlier today, from my pal and co-boat-owner Micke. Even though there was no further information in the message, I nevertheless immediately knew the semantics of the otherwise somewhat cryptic message.

How can that be, you ask…?

The explanation is simple: shared context.

Because I know the sender of the message very well, i.e. we have a deep shared context (in this specific instance – sailracing) , a tiny amount of data transmitted between us is capable of transmitting lots of information, in this particular case the information that our sail racing boat, a B&R 23,  had now received its new national handicapping yardstick (SRS)  certificate, with a yardstick number of 1.303.

What’s this got to do with systems- and software development, you say…? Actually quite a lot, at least if you are thinking about “the SelfOptimizingAgileOrganization“: for any organization wanting to become truly Agile, a key characteristic is “transparency”, i.e. having access to common, complete and realtime information about the “state” of the overall “production machinery”, i.e. the temperature of the organization.  Without such a shared context, it will be very difficult for the organization to pull in the same direction, or to operate in and effective and efficient way.  Thus, transparency is an enabler for a shared context, and a shared context is necessary for effective (doing the right thing) and efficient (doing the thing right) operation.

Advertisements

About swdevperestroika

High tech industry veteran, avid hacker reluctantly transformed to mgmt consultant.
This entry was posted in Agile, Business, Organization, SelfOptimizingAgile and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s