Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Maybe the Mayans were Right after all

If you believe the popular media, 2013 was never supposed to happen. The Mayan culture had this all figured out, or maybe their Strategic Planning Group got axed due to budget cuts. Either way - 2013 was supposed to end in December of 2012. As it is, I have to rush my order for a Franklin Day Planner, buy some belated Holiday gifts, and avoid going extinct.

Don’t get me wrong, I have a fondness for the Mayans because my youngest sister, Tencia, is 100% Mayan. She was literally plucked out of Nicaragua during one of my family’s missionary trips. The thought was we could bring her to the US and have her deftness cured with surgery. Turns out it wasn’t possible, so we adopted her.

For the record, she is lousy at managing time.

So here we are in 2013, the year that was never supposed to be, and we could fill a temple with our volume of work requests. I wonder what sacrifice I would have to offer the Gods of Work-Life Balance to have them look down kindly on this creature who longs for reason, clarity, and logic.

I think I’m doomed.

Or... possibly.... I could begin with understanding our collective goals for the year, map those to specific capabilities, and then use governance and architecture to align and implement our technology work.

Maybe, what the Mayans predicted wasn’t the end of the world, but rather the end of the world of chaos as we knew it.

Maybe 2013 marks the end of reactionary thinking, knee-jerk responses, and short-term actions. 2013 could be the year we engage in Architecture-led, pro-active, Reference Architecture aligned, exception managed, systemic improvements to our infrastructure, governance processes,and business solution delivery.

Hey, these Mayans were pretty smart. I bet they had an Enterprise Architecture Group.

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