The Benefits of Lean Governance via Event-Driven Governance

Posted on October 7, 2014

The following is an excerpt from our eBook, A Lean Governance Manifesto: Streamline Your Enterprise with Event-Driven Governance™. For more information on this or other eBooks or about Agile Path, click here.

Event-Driven Governance, defined through policy events and policy threads, offers the means to eliminate governance silos and consolidate governance processes by integrating the enforcement of multiple governance domains in an integrated Enterprise Governance model.  As illustrated above, a single event can trigger multiple governance process domains, which can be coordinated as to how they enforce enterprise policies.  This enables an organization to streamline and collapse its enterprise governance complexity, and to effectively implement a just-in-time and just enough governance strategy.

The benefits of the Lean Governance and Event-Driven Governance philosophy are summarized below:

  • Eliminates Governance Silos:  Event-Driven Governance enables coordinated and orchestrated Enterprise Governance via policy events and policy threads, which will prevent governance domains from creating their own individual governance silos separate from other governance domains.  Nothing adds more friction or overhead to an enterprise governance model than creating silos of governance oversight boards dedicated to one governance process.
  • Employs a standard Governance Reference Model:   A typical roadblock to this type of governance approach is the lack of a standard Governance Reference Model to document and implement governance for all governance/policy domains via common governance processes, policy models, and policy enforcement mechanisms.   If all governance domains are consistently described and implemented, they can be aggregated, centralized, consolidated, and more importantly, mapped into an Event-Driven Governance Framework.
  • Defines governing principles and a few “critical core” coarse-grained policies that cross-cut multiple governance domains, e.g. Reuse.  Event-Driven Governance enables the definition of a comprehensive principle and policy framework, and more importantly, the definition of critical, coarse-grained policies that invoke multiple governance domains via a policy event model and policy threads.  Critical core policies are more easily aligned with key business and IT strategy goals and objectives, and therefore lend themselves to Event-Driven Governance.  More importantly, focusing on these big core policies means enforcing fewer policies, which will enable a simplification and collapsing of governance complexity.
  • Orchestrating and coordinating Governance via Policy Events and Policy Threads:  Event-Driven Governance enables streamlined orchestration and coordination of Enterprise Governance while allowing the collapsing and simplification of enterprise governance models.  Policy events and policy threads enable the decoupling of big policies from specific governance domains such that governance silos are reduced, and you can aggregate IT governance around a few core principles and policies.  Once big policies are defined through policy events and policy threads, governance model orchestration and coordination can be realized, and efficient, rightsized governance can be implemented.
  • Ensures a Lean, Agile, and Right-sized governance design with little overhead and reduced enterprise friction.  Event-Driven Governance (EDG) will help rationalize and streamline your Enterprise Governance model, and realize more effective oversight and governance without slowing decision making processes.
  • Focuses on critical performance-based governance criteria, based on explicit alignment to business and IT strategic goals and objectives as expressed by governance principles and policies.  This allows governance to take on a performance-based role rather than a compliance-centric policing function in your enterprise.
  • Enables Self-Governance, Community- and Collaboration-based governance approaches through simplified policy models, policy events and policy thread orchestration.  EDG frees you to design in self-governance and community-governance frameworks, which help engage the entire organization in the governance process and establish trust of governance stakeholders.  Implementing an Event-Driven Governance model focused on the critical governance requirements allows you to design self-governance and community-based governance models for the other less-critical governance domains and governance requirements.
  • Supports all Enterprise Governance Domains and Processes, including Corporate Governance, IT Governance, Compliance and Risk oversight, Security and Privacy governance and even Scaled Agile Governance.  This will allow you to collapse redundant governance processes and eliminate silos of governance.

Lean Governance via the Event-Driven Governance approach will change the way you govern your Enterprise.  This approach offers an alternative to Enterprise governance that will improve the performance of your enterprise, while streamlining the way you manage and govern key business and IT processes.

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