Pulling Makerspace Development from closed doors

closed-doorsIt might surprise you to know that the majority of makerspace development goes on behind closed doors. Don’t believe it? Google “makerspace development” for yourself. You’ll have to go pretty deep in the listing to find anything before 2013.

Even though, the “maker” movement started in 2006. Nobody has been willing to talk about it. “Makerspace Development: Surviving the next wave” wasn’t written until September of 2014. And Mark Hatch didn’t write “Makers” until September of 2013.

Now, this might not sound like a big deal. On the other hand, new makerspace operators might want to consider how important tech movements get side tracked. How promising new developments go dark in America only to re-surface fully mature overseas.

There was a promising tech movement called “enterprise architecture development.” This movement promised to bring together the tech fields and the business management fields. It was to become a common ground where management and technologists could talk on equal footing.

Only a few practitioners knew how to do enterprise architecture development the “right way.” However, they were sworn to secrecy in order to protect trade secrets. Unfortunately, there were tons of enterprise database architects. And they could market to their hearts content.

In a very short time, the practice of enterprise architecture development started to look like enterprise database architecture development. Not too long afterward the market for enterprise software started to decline. To this day,  a lot of managers feel uncomfortable talking about technology.

Zachary Alexander