Organizations, like people, go through periodic transitions. Like people, some find transitions difficult, even painful. One such transition may involve a move from an informal approach to governance or "jeans" toward one that is more systematic or formal - "jackets". This metaphor captures, to some degree, the change from an easy-going way of doing things to one where there is more structure. The "jeans to jackets" transition does not have to be painful - in fact, it can be constructive and even revitalizing for an organization. But it helps if those involved understand what is going on, and why.