Routing around damaged processes

It is often said that “The Internet interprets censorship as damage and routes around it”. I don’t know how true this statement is, but I have seen this affect applied to organizational processes.

When you work at a sufficiently large organization, you’ll start to employ people who’s sole responsibility is creating process. The problem with these roles is that, if no new process is created, then those people are not seen to be doing their job.

Once they get started, there’ll be a process for each aspect of developing software, production releases, production data changes, process for creating a process, etc. etc. ad nauseam. (I’m not saying that there is anything wrong with processes, but more that it unsustainable to continue to create them indefinitely).

This usually has either two outcomes:

  1. good people who just want to do their jobs get fed up with the red tape and leave or;
  2. people “route around the damage“d process.

I see #2 happen all the time. The problem is unnecessary risks are taken because it has just gotten too hard to do anything.

How do you solve this ? Ideally, the people that author the process should also have to follow it themselves. At the very least, you should involve the people that have to follow the process in its creation.

The most important thing is, you have to make following the process easy and fast. If you slow people down, they will just route around the damage (you!).