from AS-IS to TO-BE
It is often useful to model systems as if evolution
worked, providing an effective optimization mechanism. However, there
are crucial areas where optimization fails. In evolution, there is no one
Where an organization is in a non-viable/non-stable/non-optimal state,
how does it reach a viable/stable/optimal state? Even if we can conceive
a viable/stable/optimal state, what is the (evolutionary or power) mechanism
that gets it there?
Many methodologies provide ways of diagnosing dysfunctional systems,
processes and organizations (As-Is), and designing improvements
(To-Be). But they do not adequately support the change from As-Is
to To-Be. They do not provide any mechanism that might effect such
a change, and they lack any notion of resistance
to such a change.
The strategy of making As-Is and To-Be models is described in the Catalysis
book on page 536. It is also a key element of the SCIPIO
method. It was originally formulated by the methods group at TI Software
in London, which included Clive Mabey, Michael Mills and Richard Veryard.
Michael Jackson and Pamela Zave make a related distinction - between
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