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Chapter 21. Concept Over Process > Moving from Process Driven to Concept Driven - Pg. 140

Concept Over Process 140 This idea has transformed the careers of several technologists whom I have trained and mentored. Their increased confidence in dealing with management--because they can speak intelligently about the business--has provided them with numerous opportunities. Most have been offered sig- nificant compensation packages. More importantly, they recognize that they are better able to make a difference in their organization. This might be the best byproduct of COP: the satisfaction gained from knowing that you are equipped and able to make a positive contribution in your company. Moving from Process Driven to Concept Driven How do you move from a process-driven mindset? This can be difficult for the rank and file tech- nologists because so much of their perceived worth is driven by their hands-on technical skills. Remember, however, that my objective with COP is long-term value and the ability to quickly adopt new technologies based on a clear understanding of their role or usefulness. The sections that follow take you through the methodology that forms the underpinning of COP. A Concentric View You will find a common theme throughout this discussion of COP. In all things, I start with the broadest view possible. I am at heart a minimalist. Broad concepts typically answer many of the basic questions, and the minute details are simply tweaks, or details, that are meant to optimize the big-picture view. Picture a series of concentric circles. COP starts on the periphery, the outermost circle, attempting to capture and see as much information as possible. It then works inward to the greater detail. Each