AT#3: Design Thinking is cool! Architectural Thinking makes it amazingly cool!

AT#3: Design Thinking is cool! Architectural Thinking makes it amazingly cool!

AT#3: Design Thinking is cool! Architectural Thinking makes it amazingly cool!

Companies are in an uncomfortable position today. On the one hand, the digital transformation is forcing them to innovate at an increasing pace. On the other side, they run on a historically grown legacy IT and huge technical debt. The past is cemented into the vast existing application landscape, but the future requires a rapid transformation. For this reason, innovation methods such as “Design Thinking” and the ideas of the agile organization have gained massive popularity in recent years. It is hard to find a larger company that does not run an ‘Open Innovation Space’ where people innovate and build prototypes, and that is a good thing in principle. The only problem is, however, that companies usually do not steer their innovation initiatives towards a big picture.

The highly complex structure of dependencies between innovation- and other projects and between existing IT components and new technologies is not managed intentionally. Just present an exciting AI-related solution to decision-makers, and it’s likely that you’ll get budget for it, even if a technically messy integration with legacy IT generates more harm than good in the medium term. It does not matter whether the solution is architecturally sound and whether it has a favorable overall cost/benefit ratio in the medium term.

What you should do:

  • balance the use of your left and right hemisphere.
  • make sure to involve experienced people with business architecture expertise in your workshops. They understand the effects of new solutions on the company as a whole.
  • hang the most important architecture maps of your current enterprise at the wall of your fancy, creative room.
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Isobel Posted on 1:29 pm - Oct 13, 2019

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