Introduction to Avoiding Governance Bloat

Posted on July 22, 2013

Governance initiatives are high priorities for organizations today. Whether the governance emphasis is service-oriented architecture (SOA) governance, information technology (IT) governance, or one of the many derivatives of SOA and IT governance, governance initiatives are here to stay.

However, we have observed many cases where governance initiatives have lost their effectiveness over time, or worse, were initiated so poorly that their chances of organizational success were impaired from the outset. There are many symptoms of such governance failures. However, a common thread to most failed governance efforts is what we call governance bloat. Due to poor governance planning and execution, many governance initiatives often begin by establishing  complex organizations  and  governance committees mistakenly believing that governance is comprised of board structures and executed through endless meetings. On the other hand, other governance initiatives, especially SOA governance programs, commence with the acquisition of governance registries and repositories well in advance of the business or technical need for these governance enabling technologies. This is another form of governance bloat to avoid.

In our Avoiding Governance Bloat Whitepaper we explore ways to avoid governance bloat through preventative measures, as well as how to rightsize and refactor governance if you have excessive governance bloat already. The key is to avoid governance bloat by focusing on critical enterprise challenges discovered through proper governance planning and execution. Remember the following quote:

“That governance is best that governs best with least.”

— Eric Marks, CEO of AgilePath Corporation

The best governance model is one that is rightsized and aligned to your critical needs, and no more than that. Less is often more, and governance is an example of that.

Stay tuned for more in our Avoiding Governance Bloat blog series, or, if you want the complete picture, download our whitepaper on the subject. As always, if you have any questions about AgilePath and our services, please contact us to learn more.