When it comes to transformation initiatives, there are many reasons to avoid a bold vision: it can be risky and hard to achieve — it can seem overly ambitious and can even appear reckless.
Having a bold, powerful vision is a really powerful driver for a transformation initiative especially if the vision is accompanied with a pragmatic delivery model.
I suggest embracing the bold vision, build excitement for it and also caution. The caution is around how much change and scope the organization can handle at a given point in time. It’s great to have a bold vision, but delivery projects need to be realistic and properly managed.
This is one of the reasons that I see architecture and delivery as hand-in-hand when it comes to transformation initiatives: architecture is involved in helping to build and guide the (bold) vision and delivery (and delivery architecture) help to make this happen and communicate how these worlds come together.
Ideally, there is excitement and commitment to an ambitious target state. This can galvanize the organization around the change. Each of the properly scoped, resourced and budgeted initiatives can then be executed and aligned to the big picture.
So don’t pull back from the big, bold vision — but make sure that it has been grounded in a logical sequence of projects that are based on a realistic scope and schedule.