The 6 Blind Men and the Digital Workplace

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Joel Mbugua

Too many organizations fall into the trap where each business domain or system owner prioritizes their own goals and needs before those of the organization as a whole. For example, they defend their own systems when they find out the same functionality is included in the systems of other business domains.

It’s similar to the Indian parable of the six blind men and the elephant. Each man feels only one part of the elephant and describes this part to the others as if it was the whole. Inevitably their descriptions end up contradicting each other. Each man only considers the elephant from his own perspective, none of them see the…

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