Every organization starts from a different location when heading to Data Meshtopia. Every journey will look different. Try to understand why they chose to do what when - often by just getting in touch and asking them.
Because the journey looks different, where you put your focus when will depend. Look to the fundamentals of what are you trying to achieve, how to achieve short and long-term value, and how are you making progress.
You can choose your own journey - there are different paths to getting to Meshtopia, just because you look like another organization doesn't mean you have to tread the same path.
Think about the old trope of playing to your strengths while shoring up your weaknesses. This doesn't mean ONLY play to your strengths, that is where I am seeing the most failures… Just because you're bad at governance doesn't mean you can ignore it…
Find your fellowship or fellowships. Find people to constantly stay in touch with and exchange information. They are also your best leverage points quite often: "Hey, we want to do XYZ approach, Scott here says this is a very standard approach from these 10 organizations and here are the pitfalls so we aren't making this up out of our butts."
Meshtopia isn't some utopia. It's not as if all our problems are suddenly solved - some of the old lingering ones might be but there are new problems to battle too. It's not as if life is blissful the second you get to a better place.
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