The forms language is a key language that consists of ways of thinking, examples, principles and rules for how interweaving and architectural elements (material) are arranged. It can be viewed as a pattern language based on the vocabulary and characteristics of relevant and available interweaving and architectural elements (material). The forms language provides a repertoire that can be used to interpret, represent, evaluate, design, combine, and build parts of the world.
In organisations we find forms such as feedback loops, life cycles, production logic, common product platforms, organisational arrangements, PDCA loops, routines, work spaces, etc. etc. These forms can be identified and described in a forms language and its catalogues. See examples of forms at the end of the article.
An interweaved or architected artifact, enterprise, or company is largely the result of a deliberate use of a specific forms language chosen by interweavers and architects.
A Forms language can be designed to focus on …
In many cases, a chosen forms language favour accommodation of the interests of either clients, banks and insurances companies, the society, architects or the inhabitants. Here we find significant differences in interests and desired ends. A client, developer, or owner may be motivated by market or brand appeal, costs or revenues, while inhabitants are interested in well-being, meaningful jobs, vocation, professions, rewards, or career opportunities.
A forms language is largely dependent on the characteristics of …
A forms language for the agricultural age is different from forms languages found in industrialisation or the Internet and digital time periods. A forms language is also largely a reflection of specific approaches, styles, kind of architecture, and traditions.
Interweavers and Architects can learn a forms language and apply it in many situations without altering the language or introduce situational and personal changes. In other cases, a forms language can be changed to include new invented forms, to created a brand, such as in the book by “Exponential Organisations” by Salim Ismail.
A forms language depends on the available interweaving and architecture elements (material). In FIA, the elements or material are primarily describes and defined in a set of micro languages. Examples of elements, material include; organisation unit, responsibility, decision, work, guard rail, lightning, ventilation, application, data.
The forms language is accompanied by a complementary Participation Language. The participation language combines social behaviour patterns with forms and elements to accommodate sustainable human life. This language provides ways of thinking, examples, principles and rules for … .
The forms language contains a number of specific kind of forms:
The line-of-sight form is a path from A to B, from an observer to the observed. A line-of sight can be drawn from …
Line-of-sights are important to be aware of and actively work with, otherwise, they become assumed rather than evidence-based or well argumented.
The life cycle form divides the life of some portion of the world into stages. Life cycles are used to manage materials, products, plants, or IT-applications. Life cycles are also used to assess environmental impacts of a product from material extraction to waste (Life Cycle Assessment, ISO 14040).
A common omission to look out for is found at the end of the life cycle. In many cases, a life cycle is designed to end with by retirement. However, some parts of the product may have a life after deliberate retirement, as a residual or waste.
The feedback loop form is a pattern where some results, consequences, effects, outputs, outcomes, impacts of processes or activities are routed back to an earlier stage in a process. Feedback loops are important for both human and organisational learning, governance and control of enterprises and companies, linking strategy with execution and back, and management methods such as plan–do–check–adjust (PDCA).
The Framework of Interweaving and Architecting (FIA) provides a general Forms Language with different kinds of forms documented in catalogues.
/Anders W. Tell
Anders is a Master Interweaver and Architect with international experiences on all levels, United Nation, EU, global, regional and national (standardisation) organisations, as well as national state agencies.