Matching and Mismatching
The movie "Ghostbusters" provides an important metaphor here with Egon's advice to Venkmen regarding not crossing the streams. Short of a total protonic reversal, all hell breaks loose when you do this.
A Level 1 scenario requires a Level 1 intervention, a Level 2 requires Level 2 and so on and so forth. If, in a two-speed world, management inclination eclipses with the Level 2 model, the rest of the challenges will not be seen, nor accounted for. Management has an obligation to confront reality for what it is.
Though much has been written on the subject of why IT projects fail, the Ghostbusters had it right all along. Here is an extract from the movie.
Egon Spengler: Don't cross the streams
Peter Venkman: Why?
Egon Spengler: It would be bad
Peter Venkman: I'm fuzzy on the whole good/bad thing. What do you mean, "bad"?
Egon Spengler: Try to imagine all life, as you know it, stopping instantaneously and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light.
Raymond Stantz: Total protonic reversal.
Peter Venkman: Right, that's bad. Okay, all right! Important safety tip, thanks Egon
Next month In Chapters 4, 5 and 6 Mark Seely will discuss Level 1: Process Management; Level 2: Project Management; and Sociolytic Mindscaping.