6 Navigating the Formal Organization

DOI: 10.1201/9781003214397-9

6.1 Understanding the Formal Organization

At this point, we’ve introduced the Essential Engineering Framework, dissected its various elements, toured its Inner Core, and completed a basic examination of each component within that Core. It’s now time to begin the real work: uncover, correct, and prevent the common mistakes and misunderstandings you may encounter as we carefully inch our way over this barrier called the Great Divide.

Let’s begin with the first component, the formal organization, shown in Figure 6.1. As covered in Chapter 5, the characteristics of formal organizations include highly defined organizational structures, detailed organization charts, prescribed methods ...

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