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Chapter 54. Change Agents > Mandating Managers

Mandating Managers

In a company whose organizational culture is shaped like an Egyptian pyramid, executive sponsorship is probably the master key to successful change. Without a management commitment from high enough on the pyramid, efforts to introduce new practices tend to fizzle or become blocked by too many organizational barriers.

A simple mandate from on high is not enough. Management sponsorship means personal and organizational commitment, active promotion, and practical support in the form of allocating appropriate and sufficient resources. A management sponsor not only can authorize action and approve funding, but also lends the official weight of the organization to the side of change. This alone will not make developers learn and practice effective visual development, but as long as the official weight is wholly with the status quo, nothing is likely to change. At least in companies that are based on a hierarchy of authority, well-placed management sponsors are the key players in most successful technology transitions. They may be aided and abetted by a host of working agents, but executive sponsorship enables the process.


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