Posts Categorized: Wirearchy

The post-hierarchical organization

The way we manage our organizations is largely ineffective for the complex challenges we face, whether driven by the environment, demographics, economics, or politics. Hierarchies assume that management knows best and that the higher up the hierarchy, the more competent and knowledgeable that person is. But hierarchies are merely centralized networks. They work well when… Read more »

Engaging Knowledge Artisans

Every organization today is trying to address the changing nature of work, driven by rapid technological change, and made more complex by global changes in economics, politics, and resources. Simultaneously we are seeing rapid advances in all the sciences and their intersections. But what about our structures that organize how people work together? Providing better… Read more »

Wirearchy to scale successfully

A recent email from Hugh MacLeod at Gapingvoid connected immediately in my mind with Jon Husband’s wirearchy framework. This is how organizations in the network era can scale successfully. As Hugh writes, “Scaling your business is all about having more people solve more problems for you.” See image below:

Re-wiring for the Complex Workplace

Note: The following article appears in Inside Learning Technologies & Skills – May 2014. This is the “No Flash Required” version. Complexity is the new normal We are so interconnected today that many cannot imagine otherwise. Almost every person is connected to worldwide communication networks. News travels at the speed of a Tweet. Meanwhile, inside… Read more »

Organize for Complexity

Niels Pflaeging read my ebook Seeking perpetual beta and said that “after reading the book one yearns for more from you about the right learning architecture, about how to develop organizations applying this thinking, about how to build learning programs and infrastructure.” Well I think Niels has answered much of that question himself, in his… Read more »

Connecting Companies and Markets

Management in the Network Era: It is only through innovative and contextual methods, the self-selection of the most appropriate tools and work conditions, and willing cooperation, that more productive work can be assured. The duty of being transparent in our work and sharing our knowledge rests with all workers, including management.

Move the hierarchy to the rear

In an environment where everyone is a leader, some other mechanism needs to be put in place to ensure that everyone can maintain and optimize the tenets of fairness, trust and transparency so the entire organization can move forward. – Harrison Monarth: HBR The foundation for this “other mechanism” is the wirearchy framework: a dynamic… Read more »

Industrial disease

some blame the management, some the employees; and everybody knows it’s the Industrial Disease – Dire Straits Complexity is the new normal We are so interconnected today that many cannot imagine otherwise. Almost every person is connected to worldwide communication networks. News travels at the speed of a Tweet. Meanwhile, inside the enterprise, reaction times… Read more »

In a wired world, companies have to re-wire

Wirearchies are smarter than the sum of their parts. But what are the parts? One way to look at wirearchy is as four interrelated levels: Coordination of routine & standardized work The daily practice of getting work done The continuous development of expertise Connecting to others with complementary interests All levels are necessary and knowledge… Read more »

Wirearchies are smarter than the sum of their parts

Many parts of knowledge work have been routinized and standardized with the ongoing marriages of business processes and integrated enterprise information systems. What has not changed much yet is the adaptation of structures and culture to permit easily building flows of information into pertinent, useful and just-in-time knowledge, or fanning out problem-solving and accountability into… Read more »