A project will fail without a formal link between…

…a project will fail without a formal link between how the business operates and what the business wants to achieve in its next project.

In 2005 Ralph Whittle and Conrad Myrick published “Enterprise Business Architecture—The Formal Link Between Strategy and Results”. What struck me most in the book was their account of when a newly hired CEO asked each vice-president in the company to report back to him about how the business operated at their next meeting. At that meeting each vice-president returned with a PowerPoint presentation explaining in detail how they did their job and how their department worked. However, they did not explain how they connected with other departments in the company and thusly how the business as a whole operated because they didn’t know.

How can any project’s expectations be satisfied when the details of the business as a whole are not really understood before the project is initiated?