I don't claim to be an expert on IT governance, but after a couple decades of helping people make technology decisions, I'll boil down my thoughts on the topic to one simile: Governance is like sex because...
At the J Boye Conference in Philadelphia earlier this month, I joined a panel reviewing some of the "hot topics" from the event. As you might expect at a gathering of web and intranet managers, the issue of governance kept recurring.
We could debate what governance means -- I define it as consistent structures and processes for making effective decisions -- but everyone agrees governance is critical to long-term success.I don't claim to be an expert on website and IT governance, but after a couple decades of helping people make technology decisions, I'll boil down my thoughts on the topic to one simile:
Governance is like sex:
People tend to talk about it more than they do it, and...
...Most people don't do it as much as they'd like
At least one key player needs to really want it or it will never get started
There are many different ways to do it satisfactorily
It's more art than science
It's more successful in environments characterized by mutual trust
Other people can give you a lot of good advice, but only you can make it happen
You may not get it right at first, but that shouldn't stop you from trying
A shared sense of fairness encourages repeatability
In the end, bad governance is better than no governance at all
So hopefully at least by now you're smiling. If you have any particular (but not X-rated!) governance success stories you'd like to share, please chime in via the comments below.
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