Corporate vs Mission and Control (or lack of it)
Bravo! Loved the article. I work for DOD and detest the corporatization of the Federal Enterprise as a whole- but especially for Enterprise Architecture. The love affair with processes takes away innovation, expertise, and agility. The insistence on running the Federal structure as a business unfortunately does not come with a group of shareholders - and sometimes a Board- that holds anyone accountable. So what you get are a lot of demands shoved into a business paradigm that holds no one accountable (except for the beleaguered CIO) and does not adapt to mission changes quickly. The Federal CIO cannot write a check for new equipment but must wait a year for money to fall from the sky in the June/July timeframe (when procurements happen pre Oct 1 new fiscal year). The Federal CIO has a full catchers mitt of all the requirements and none of the decisionmaking to assure success. The Federal CIO in underpaid and put in a pickle- caught between a rock and hard place. Suggest letting the Federal Government go back to empowered departments that do specific things, hire competent people (vice giving them workflows as a bible) and have higher-level managers make decsions and be held accountable for those decisions. There are 2 kinds of managers- umbrellas and funnels. The Federal CIO needs an umbrella and needs to be an umbrella for his/her organization.