Once you start to scope any work as an architect you will quickly see that work is mainly done to avoid pain once you have reached a certain point of experience. Less experienced architects will often argue that it is cost reduction or some great idea that drives change, however it is pain and I will demonstrate this and later discus what this means.
There are two different constant pains in any organisation, the first is the pain of change and the second is the pain of unimportance. The pain of change usually keeps change to a minimum if the existential pain is not getting higher. You will see this in many areas such as the publishing industry which was very change resistant nearly until it was too late. Today it is the most flexible industry. Compared with this you will often find some industries that are still doing well such as banking or insurance where changes are very few as the banks are almost guaranteed by the state. In those areas you will till see that the pain of change is still keeping most things as they are.
The Opposite pain is that of being unimportant and as such losing self worth. That pain often drives people in smaller organisations to really great innovations. However in large organisations you importance is usually measured in your position and the size of your team. The pain to loose any of this is also the main reason that a lot of companies rather go bust instead of changing. In smaller companies or group on the other hand this is more a force for good.
The important thing for us as architects are to understand the points of pain including our own ones, as telling an architect that his service is no longer required creates a lot of pain. Once we understand the levels of pain associated with all aspects of our work we can focus our time in a much more efficient time and such avoiding a lot unnecessary work which will make us feel happier aka avoid pain.