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How To Sabotage Your Digital Initiative

“Never permit short-cuts to be taken in order to expedite decisions.”

“When possible, refer all matters to committees…. Attempt to make the committees as large as possible – never less than five.”

“Advocate ‘caution.’ Be ‘reasonable’ … and avoid haste which might result in embarrassments or difficulties later on.”

“Apply all regulations to the last letter.”

Advice for being a successful member of a large organization? Section 3.4.7 of your company’s employee orientation manual perhaps? Not on your life – these instructions come directly from the CIA’s World War II-era Simple Sabotage Field Manual.

Sabotaging the efforts of a large organization is easier than you might think, if simply advocating caution might fall into the category of sabotage. It’s no wonder, then, that sabotaging your digital effort is dead simple.

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In spite of its admittedly clickbaitish title, this article isn’t an update of the CIA Manual for the digital age. I’m not trying to help you sabotage your organization, after all. On the contrary: I’m here to help you identify such sabotage and deal with the saboteurs.

As a result, there are actually four questions you must answer: Why would someone want to sabotage your digital initiative? Who would do such a thing? How would they do it? And most importantly, what can you to do stop them?

Read the entire article at http://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonbloomberg/2016/12/27/how-to-sabotage-your-digital-initiative/.

Intellyx publishes the Agile Digital Transformation Roadmap poster, advises companies on their digital transformation initiatives, and helps vendors communicate their agility stories. As of the time of writing, none of the organizations mentioned in this article are Intellyx customers.

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Jason Bloomberg is the leading expert on architecting agility for the enterprise. As president of Intellyx, Mr. Bloomberg brings his years of thought leadership in the areas of Cloud Computing, Enterprise Architecture, and Service-Oriented Architecture to a global clientele of business executives, architects, software vendors, and Cloud service providers looking to achieve technology-enabled business agility across their organizations and for their customers. His latest book, The Agile Architecture Revolution (John Wiley & Sons, 2013), sets the stage for Mr. Bloomberg’s groundbreaking Agile Architecture vision.

Mr. Bloomberg is perhaps best known for his twelve years at ZapThink, where he created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) SOA course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, the leading SOA advisory and analysis firm, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011. He now runs the successor to the LZA program, the Bloomberg Agile Architecture Course, around the world.

Mr. Bloomberg is a frequent conference speaker and prolific writer. He has published over 500 articles, spoken at over 300 conferences, Webinars, and other events, and has been quoted in the press over 1,400 times as the leading expert on agile approaches to architecture in the enterprise.

Mr. Bloomberg’s previous book, Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (John Wiley & Sons, 2006, coauthored with Ron Schmelzer), is recognized as the leading business book on Service Orientation. He also co-authored the books XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996).

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting).