Ten reasons why governance is like sex

  • 7-Sep-2017

In RSG advisory calls with enterprise subscribers, the issue of governance keeps recurring.  Some organizations do it well; others not so much.  It's the ghost at many digital banquets. 

We could debate what governance means — I define it as legitimized structures and processes for making effective decisions — but everyone agrees governance is critical to long-term success.

kissing

I don't claim to be an expert on digital governance, but after a couple decades of helping people make technology decisions, I'll boil down many thoughts on the topic to one simile:

Governance is like sex.

  • People tend to talk about it more than they do it, and...
  • ...Most people don't do it as much as they'd like
  • At least one key player needs to really want it or it will never get started
  • There are many different ways to do it satisfactorily
  • It's more art than science
  • It's more successful in environments characterized by mutual trust
  • Other people can give you a lot of good advice, but only you can make it happen
  • You may not get it right at first, but that shouldn't stop you from trying
  • A shared sense of fairness encourages repeatability
  • In the end, bad governance is better than no governance at all

So hopefully at least by now you're smiling. If you have any particular (even X-rated) governance success stories you'd like to offer, please do using the social-sharing buttons below.

And now you can benchmark your own digital initiatives across key technologies, check out our RealScore tool (takes less than 10 minutes).

Our customers say...

"The Web CMS Research is our reference work for web content management projects. It allows us to rapidly zero in on the right solution for each unique content management application. I can't imagine starting a new a project without it."

Alden Hart, CTO, Ten Mile Square Technologies

Other Web Content & Experience Management posts

TeamSite Marriage Counseling

  • August 12, 2019

Was reminded recently in a call with an RSG subscriber that some TeamSite implementations linger on, like a really bad relationship you can't seem to end. Maybe it's time for counseling?...

What Is a Real Quadrant?

  • July 16, 2019

Customers have a love-hate relationship with marketplace "quadrant" diagrams. You suspect there's something not right in the arbitrary positioning...and you're correct!...

MD