Processes are pervasive throughout every organization, even the smallest ones. The operation of an organization relies heaving on either institutional (sometimes called tribal) knowledge of these processes and procedures or will have spent a good deal of time ensuring that the process is known and training ensures everyone uses it in the same way.
The cultural aspect of processes in the organization should not be underestimated. Ever heard the phrase “that’s not the way we do it here”, or “that’s not right”, depending on the organization these may be red flags that information is not being shared openly. The willingness to share information might sound like an obvious virtue in an organization, but as we know that is not always the way of the world. I don’t know how many times I have heard the phrase Information is Power in my life, but is usually has some sinister application that follows whoever is spreading that Gospel. Mainly because if you look at information being power, then where there is power, there is often misuse of power. Anyway, before I head out onto some diatribe that doesn’t help our cause, just be warned that many don’t want to share the information you desperately need for your project, and be prepared with tools and methods to help them change their mind.