Cleararchy originated out of a growing experiential realization that scaling agility did not necessarily mean scaling collective ownership, that unclear ownership was often the cause of organizational dysfunction. This was first described in a chapter called “Accountability” in the book, Agile IT Org Design. That chapter describes the tools needed to implement Cleararchy — accountability maps and decision records.
Enterprises Project — a joint initiative of CIO Magazine and Harvard Business Review — have listed the book as a must-read for CIOs. It was nominated to the list by John Marcante, CIO of Vanguard Inc, The book is also featured in a digital leaders reading list via nomination by Nick Williams, Managing Director, Consumer Digital at Lloyds Banking Group.