Cartoon by Daniel Stori {turnoff.us} via http://turnoff.us/geek/enterprise-vs-startup-journey-to-cloud/

Cartoon by Daniel Stori {turnoff.us} via http://turnoff.us/geek/enterprise-vs-startup-journey-to-cloud/

OK, I’ll stop retweeting this one before everyone unfollows me, but I find it hilariously insightful.

Why am I laughing louder than anyone else in the room? Well, that’s generally just me, but in this case the cartoonist has clearly seen the battle that ensues in an enterprise when they are looking to take advantage of the promises of anything new.

It could be cloud, agile, DevOps, containers, you name it, but each time it is an epic battle. New companies simply have it easier because they don’t have to face changing the old. While the startup leverages the advantages of the new framework upon release, it’s only a matter of time before Propeller Head’s bird grows up into a dragon. Why? If Propeller Head continues to use cloud native apps, what could possibly go wrong? (Are you laughing with me yet?)

You see, after looking at this cartoon, I eventually realized that dragon could just as easily be labeled “The Company”. Consider Conway’s Law: “…Organizations which design systems … are constrained to produce designs which are copies of the communication structures of these organizations” it becomes clear in this epic dragon battle, that the enemy is ourselves. (Whoa, that got dark…)

So I’ll get to my take away. Don’t expect to never face the dragon, work on growing the dragon you can handle. (Suddenly the animated ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ movie takes on a whole new meaning.)

Excellent communication within the company during change will slay more dragons than the best project manager. Change is more cultural than it is technological.

I still think this is hilarious. “Hey everyone, let’s change our collaboration platform!” – I draw my sword and wait.

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