Mary Lynn Manns

Presented below are drafts of two more patterns (and one pattern stub) in the ever-evolving Introducing Patterns into an Organization pattern language.








Attitude Adjustment

(I am still drafting this pattern. I envision it as some type of "abstract pattern" that serves as an "umbrella" to Paradigm Shift, Burnout Blaster, and other patterns that address the need to "adjust" (ugh, I need a better word!) attitudes. This "umbrella" approach is similar to what I did with Personal Touch and Internal Drip Feed.)



Paradigm Shift

Context: The Dedicated Champion realizes the importance of stimulating an Attitude Adjustment towards patterns. They want to do this by helping people become conscious of the fact that patterns require a change in the organizational culture.

Problem: What can be done to spark the realization that patterns will require a "paradigm shift" in the culture?


Solution: Take opportunities during patterns training and information sessions to remove people from the comfort zone in which they have become entrenched within the organization. This can be done with games and/or other activities. Explain afterwards that the purpose is to plant the notion that patterns require a paradigm shift throughout the organization.

Rationale: When people become comfortable with their environment and situation, those that use this approach in the patterns community believe that introducing something individuals are not accustomed to seeing or feeling can wake them up to the realization that a change is brewing.

Resulting Context: Individuals begin to see signs that patterns are something different, something more than just a change in the way documentation is formatted.

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Burnout Blaster

Context: The Dedicated Champion realizes the importance of stimulating an Attitude Adjustment towards patterns because they see that individuals in the organization that have watched technologies come and go have "technology burnout" towards new ideas.

Problem: What can be done to help stimulate the interest in patterns that is needed to conquer a "technology burnout" attitude?


Solution: Recognize, verbalize and address this attitude. Phrases such as, "I know youíve seen many new ideas come and go" will allow the individual to see that the person(s) proposing the idea is respecting, rather than ignoring, how he or she feels. This, in turn, has the potential to make them more willing to respect what the person(s) introducing patterns has to say.

Patterns can then be introduced as an alternative to what individuals already have. A good place to start is with the benefits patterns have over other methods of documentation. If they dislike the current mode of documentation (and most people can find some fault with it) they are likely to be interested in considering a new way. (Of course, patterns are more than simply a documentation method (see Paradigm Shift), but this is a good place to start in creating a concrete comparison and interest.)

Rationale: This pattern begins with the rationale that it is important to understand and address the attitudes of an individual when attempting to introduce him or her to a new idea. Rogers supports what he refers to as "client-oriented change," stating that change agents who are more feedback-minded, more client-oriented, will have closer rapport with and higher credibility in the eyes of the client he or she is attempting to convince.

This pattern further recommends that once the individualís "burnout" attitude is recognized, it can be eased with an approach that attempts to show the relative advantage patterns have over other methods of documentation. Rogers supports the value in taking the time to do this. He has shown that the perceived relative advantage towards a new idea is positively related to an individualís acceptance of that idea. Among the relative advantages that Rogers mentions, the two that may relate most to patterns, are: "a savings in time and effort" and "a decrease in discomfort."

Resulting Context: Individuals that are not open to new ideas because they suffer from "technology burnout" begin to consider the adoption of patterns.

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