Monday, November 26, 2007

Fowler on Viagra Infused Rabbit Organisations

Martin Fowler on Organization Structures (Accountability)
If you are dealing with an organization with a single hierarchy, or even a couple, then Organization Hierarchy (7) is the simplest way to deal with things. However larger organizations grow beyond this. You often find a host of different relationships between parties, all of which carry their own meaning. If your hierarchies start breeding like viagra infused rabbits, it’s time to look to Accountability (17).

Gotta love that description :)

He's describing how you can structure organisations (including relationships between them).

I strongly recommend reading up on Fowler's work. I really like his style - especially his method of demonstrating the simplest possible model first, then building up complexity to maximum flexibility.

It's important to recognize that while no-one likes needless complexity, it's extremely beneficial to know how to add just enough to cover your needs.

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