Fundamental Congruence Analysis
The Fundamental Congruence philosophy is premised on the discovery of the purpose of something and then designing or crafting a system and its related components in way that makes it possible for the whole to effectively achieve its objectives without individual components interfering and undermining the relevance and wellbeing of other components or negatively affecting the whole structure/unit.
In order for us to clearly understand and progressively make use of the Fundamental Congruence concept, we must firstly and separately analyze the meaning of the following words: 1) Fundamental 2) Congruence
Fundamentals are generally the basics or foundation of or for anything. As such, since the whole is made up of different components in order for it to serve its defined purpose,the components thereof must be in their right position and doing the right thing.
By congruence, I refer to the harmonious working together of these basic or primary components in order for them to achieve the desired results.
Let us also look at the dictionary meanings of the words Fundamental and Congruence, so that we can understand better what we are talking about.
According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, Fundamental means serving as a basis supporting existence or determining essential structure or function while congruence means the quality or state of agreeing, coinciding, or being congruent.
So basically, Fundamental Congruence means a collection and arrangement of components that are fitly joined and working together to achieve a defined purpose.
The arrangement and interaction of these components must be so orderly that no component will expressly or impliedly work against the effective functioning of the other.
In order for us to clearly understand the Fundamental Congruence concept, we must come up with a congruence checklist which helps us to answer the various critical questions that are important for analyzing the relevance, design and layout of components in our structure.
The Fundamental Congruence checklist seeks to define:
1) What is this component?
2) What does it do?
3) Why does it do so?
4) What happens if it does not do so or if does not do it in the right way?
5) Where is this component situated in the anatomy?
6) Why is it situated there?
7) What happens if it is removed or moved to another place or if it is misplaced?
8) Who is in charge of this component and why?
9) How is its effectiveness assessed?
10) What happens if it is effective or not?
These ten questions will help you in designing very effective structures that helps in the easy attainment of results and mission accomplishment.
Without asking these relevant questions, there is a great likelihood of coming up with or maintaining components that interfere with the effectiveness of the other parts or even of the whole structure at the expense of the relevant stakeholders.
This checklist can be applied to any mission across the divide whether it is personal or institutional in nature. It applies to departments in an organization, ingredients in a product and even to social relations in the family or society as whole among others.
Adapted from the book The Fundamental Congruence Analysis Pocketbook written by Brian Kazungu