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Please Help Me With The Narrative

This is another one of those BD00 posts where the dorky picture effortlessly drew itself, but an accompanying, plausible narrative did not reveal itself. These word clusters came to mind during the chaotic process of creation, but I gave up attempting to iteratively structure and weave them together into anything semi-sane: “role distinction“, “bottom-up vs. top-down evolution“, “dumb, uniform components vs smart, diverse components“, “enduring vs. fragile foundation“, “excessive control“, “caste system“.

What words come to mind when you peruse the picture? Can can you fuse a story line with the picture? Please help me with the narrative, dear reader. Secrete your creative hormones on the problem at hand. Revel in the possibility of making sense out of nonsense. Like Elton John’s music goes with Bernie Taupin’s words, we can have your words go with BD00’s dorky picture.


Of course, like the one or two other posts similar to this that I’ve hatched in the past, I don’t expect any takers.

  1. May 24, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    I’d change the top set of pyramids to reflect the bottom set (org. getting taller and broader) and then you’d have the narrative of a startup. You start with a couple of visionaries, you grow up and out, you become less and less turn-on-a-dime agile (e.g. HP, Microsoft, Apple, etc. etc.).

    • May 24, 2014 at 5:55 pm

      Thanks for your contribution Gene. I’m always interested in what you have to say.

  2. May 28, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Looking at it as the growth of an organization, I’d call the top one the “cooperative model”, where you start with a sizable foundation from which the top layers will emerge, as it grows in size and creates a more formal structure. For the bottom one, I second Gene’s idea, the startup model fits perfectly.

    I will say, though, the top diagram reminded me more of application development, where each version not only builds up on the previous one, but also adds more value. As you add more layers, the added value diminishes; as is the case with many (most?) applications, there comes a time when you’ve added just about everything there is to add (you do have to keep up with technological change), and you get to the situation where 80% of your application goes mostly unused.

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