November 7, 2020.
Writing my recent article on Engineering strategy was one of the most challenging pieces of writing I’ve done in the past few years because I had far more ideas than I could fit into a coherent narrative. I extracted a number of those into semi-edited snippets filed under the “strategy” tag, and here is the last one in that vein.
The question I want to briefly explore here is, “What strategies should most engineering organizations try to document?” I’ve taken a somewhat overly broad view of what you might consider an engineering strategy, including both technical and organizational aspects.
An unordered list of strategies I would recommend every engineering organization document as they grow are:
For many of these, you could argue that they are more policy than strategy. That’s a reasonable argument, but for me the distinction is that you turn a policy into a strategy by explaining the rationale behind it: a policy is just an incomplete strategy.