Taking the Pizza analogy a bit further, following a recent post on TTFB (time to First Bite!) I would like to take a look into the realms of organisations who rely on individuals or teams of people to build internal products themselves rather than purchase supported products.
Making a pizza for yourself is extremely satisfying, making the dough, the tomato sauce and going ‘off menu’ to choose the toppings you desire most. The taste? Sensational. The smug feeling of self-worth cannot be topped. You rave about how great DIY pizza is to anyone who will listen as clearly DIY pizza is the only way to go. Why would you waste money on external pizza (PaaS) when we can make our own! Before you know i the DPP is born, the Department for Perfect Pizza, and you are the head chef.
The Department for Perfect Pizza
With news spreading around the organisation that there is a team, in-house, making its own pizza, you are suddenly in demand to give presentations to other departments explaining how they too can also benefit from shifting from external to internally provided pizza. The head of the promo department loves the idea so much they decide they too should have their pizza made in house, by you. The budget for external pizza is cut and now you are responsible for making perfect pizza for hundreds if not thousands of people. However, rolling out your pizza to the whole organisation change things a little.
No Pineapple Please We’re British
Now you have published the specification of your perfect pizza to the company it appears that not everyone is happy: