Why does an architect need this skill?
The ability to identify and understand an organization’s culture will help the Architect successfully navigate the corporate waters and will ultimately help achieve success both from a project or strategy perspective and a personal perspective. The Architect that can identify and understand an organization’s culture will have a much better understanding of why and organization and the people within do the things they do.
Common tasks involved in this skill?
The Architect should be able to identify the culture within an organization and understand how the organization will act based on that culture. Once the culture is determined then the Architect should be able to utilize certain skills that will enhance the effectiveness of the Architect within that organization. Just as a structural architect must understand how a building is constructed, the Architect must understand all aspects of an organization. Some of the questions that must be answered include:
- What is the foundation of the organization?
- What is it built upon?
- Who or whom built it?
- Why the organization was initially formed?
- Why does it exist today?
- How long has it been in existence?
- What is the composition—people, processes, products, and technology—of the organization?
- What is the purpose of the organization?
- What are the significant accomplishments in the organization history?
- What are the significant failures in the organizations history?
What is their ownership in this skill?
This skill is one that is uniquely situated squarely on the Architect if the architect is to be successful.
Name an example of how an architect would use this in daily activities?
The architect would utilize knowledge of the corporate culture to help determine and set priorities for the organization. It does the architect or the organization little good to drive a program or process forward that is doomed to failure due to a conflict in corporate culture.