Premature synchronization as counterfeit order

This is a post in my series on organizing “between and beyond.” Other posts are here.

Venkatesh Rao (@vgr) writes in this post that “premature sycnhronization is the root of all evil.” Why? Rao writes:

  • “Humans are most valuable when they have high autonomy, and able to play to their unique strengths and histories …”
  • “Even with technology … sufficiently intelligence in machines drives diminishing returns from synchronization.”
  • “… Ashby’s Law of Requisite Variety gets at why systems must be desynchronized … in complex environments.”
  • “… nature revels in variety and complex textures of desynchronization …”
  • “Missionary tactical contracts are to loose coordination what job descriptions, performance reviews, annual goal-setting/personal development processes are to tight synchronization”1
  • “… trust people … and expect them to work out much more meaningful and dynamic mutual expectations and working tempos for themselves.”
  • Preconditions are “… strong trust … Einheit …” and “… direction setting … Schwerpunkt.”
  • “… open communication is expected to bear the burden of coordination …”
  • “… perhaps, we’ve had far more synchronization than people actually want or need in life. “

Authentic order enables synchronization when needed (like in a laser beam), while counterfeit order leads to premature synchronization.

1 See Mission-type tactics, Wikipedia (accessed 2016-08-13).

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Jan Höglund has over 35 years of experience in different roles as software developer, project manager, line manager, consultant, and researcher. This is his personal blog where he shares his reading, book reviews, and learning.

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