Six Pathologies of Organisational Maturity

Maturing, successful organisations have recurrent, emergent patterns of failure that can sometimes be predicted and perhaps avoided.

Tree trunk absorbs spear tips of the fence next to it

Everything has a season, and as organisations age – communities, charities, companies, churches and more – they face similar diseases of time. These are emergent patterns of failure that arise not from mistakes but from the consequences of earlier success. In open source, we are seeing the same patterns emerge; this should not be a surprise. Continue reading