A week in Tweets: 1-7 Aug 09

A lot of good stuff, with a lot of useful links; but kind of long, so click on the ‘More…’ link to see the full list:

Erik Proper triggered quite a bit of discussion with his question on whether a project can or should create an architecture:

  • erikproper: Claim: a project cannot be creating an architecture … // If it does, then this suggests the problem it tries to solve is fuzzy & large enough to indeed need an architecture. But … // if it is that large and fuzzy, then it cannot be a project, and it should really be a program with a swarm of smaller projects …
  • tetradian: agreed: a project can at best describe an (overview of an) architecture, it cannot deliver an architecture
  • thoughttrans: ..a pgm can be ongoing as a project has an end. Arch is an ongoing effort. //a project can at best describe an (overview of an) arch … I’d add for a specific point in time only.
  • kdierc: but can a project deliver part of the architecture?
  • basvg: impossible to deliver an architecture anyway. Systems have an architecture, whether we chose to describe ‘m or not
  • erikproper: If you think some system has architecture, than you can articulate what this “architectureness” is. Hence … // … I would think you can describe it. But do all systems have an architecture? Does the water surface have one?
  • tetradian: yes, even the water surface has an architecture – mathematically speaking, at least // classic IT-arch is mainly about structure; ent-arch includes interaction of structure with purpose // water-surface may not have intent (‘purpose’) in #EA sense, but does have structure & interaction w context
  • erikproper: Should the “purpose” be in the system, or should *we* look at it with a “purpose” for learn/explain/designing?
  • basvg: in my opinion: yes. Water suface has a fundamental organization and principles underlying etc. (laws of physics). Actually.. // in this case we _did_ choose to describe ‘m! Compare also ‘model’ vs ‘model representation’ in our beloved FRISCO
  • erikproper: So isn’t this an example of a system which does not have a purpose as such, but where it does make sense to study its “design”?
  • basvg: about ‘studying design of water surface’ –> guess what swimmers (+ associated researchers) do all the time 🙂 ?
  • tetradian: to an architect it can be useful to study _any_ system to make sense of / re-use its design.. 🙂 // every system may align with a purpose we define – but if it already has its own, we need to negotiate! 🙂
  • MichaelVriihoef: …sort of controlled serendipity, is it not? 😀 (Isn’t that how we learn anyway?)

A lot of discussion on ‘Web 2.0’, ‘Enterprise 2.0’ and social media in general:

  • oscarberg: Upcoming whitepaper: “Intel’s Enterprise Social Computing Strategy Revealed” http://ping.fm/WHT0n
  • basvg: RT @community_mngt: Top Ten Branded Social Media Nightmares – http://snurl.com/onwxd #socialmedia #fail
  • oscarberg: Most organizations are not ready for #E20, nor is the technology (products) – but E2.0 is a matter of “when”, not “if”
  • hebsgaard: Web 2.0 and Governance, Risk and Compliance. #compliance #e20 http://ow.ly/jaCT
  • hebsgaard: Even Among the Tech Savviest, Social Media Starts ‘Underground’. #e20 #socialmedia – http://ow.ly/jaSc
  • oscarberg: RT @RonPloof New/Social Media is not for the faint of heart. Corporate hierarchies will fight it tooth and nail. Stay strong.
  • oscarberg: RT @rossdawson Is the rapid adult uptake of social networks driving children away? – Ofcom research http://bit.ly/L6vep < YES
  • oscarberg: Preso with examples on how to use social media in your daily life by @eyalsela http://ping.fm/XAPJe
  • oscarberg: “If you want credibility now, you need to be communicating as an organization of people, not a corporate entity” – @deb_lavoy
  • oscarberg: “Organizations without a 2.0 strategy risk outright failure” http://ping.fm/EZGFd

Oscar Berg explored some of the key themes in ‘Enterprise 2.0’, with an emphasis on the importance of trust:

  • oscarberg: 5 key principles of #E20: participation, openness, transparency, conversation, trust
  • thoughttrans: “Trust” is probably the most difficult to earn.
  • oscarberg: yes, trust is the most difficult. // openness, transparency, conversation and participation helps to build trust
  • tetradian: without trust, nothing social works – how much is ‘security’ in orgs the antithesis of trust?
  • oscarberg: without trust, no business can work. Just look what happened to the financial system. // Security is often misunderstood (“safety first”). Should be about managing risks when seizing opportunities.
  • thoughttrans: Article “Trust Me” available http://short.to/exrr What level of trust do you portray?

And the usual wild assortment of themes, including enterprise architecture, business models and the bigger social picture:

  • basvg: RT @toddbiske: Enterprise Architecture as a service: Who do you send reports/scorecards to and at what frequency? #EA #ITSM
  • basvg: model driven engineering: nice post – http://bit.ly/AElzo
  • DavidGurteen: Organisational Change is Not a Relay Race http://bit.ly/kv7Rc #km [Stephen Billings]] << contrast ‘relay race’ to living-organism metaphor
  • oscarberg: The Dark Matter of the Business Universe http://bit.ly/HcrPk << #km – conversation as ‘dark matter’
  • oscarberg: RT @tweetmeme Front End of Innovation: Fostering a spirit of innovation is key to growth in the future http://bit.ly/12LR7J
  • aojensen: New blog entry: On Management and Systems Theory: http://tinyurl.com/m7xmz8 (#luhmann #porter)
  • thoughttrans: Your digital footprint is more important than your paper resume.
  • jdevoo: pro-bono design agency http://zerofee.org/ – value-centric approach to design as a complement to traditional commercial work. Pretty cool!
  • bergmart: What do you think: is a collaborative culture a prequisite for successfully decoupling systems?
  • basvg: Blogpost: How google’s strategy fits the architecture of my life ( http://bit.ly/3v5UN6 ) #ea #strategy
  • jdevoo: RT @tonyrestell: Partners from Accenture and PwC comment on what it takes to be an outstanding consultant http://bit.ly/11BzKK | value-focus
  • business_design: Blogpost How Business Models Help Generate Business Plans http://bit.ly/qdYwc
  • tetradian: BBC: “Call for debate on killer robots” http://bit.ly/oRhTR US military beginning (at last!) to address ethics concerns
  • thoughttrans: Have one video of yourself on your blog or website that illustrates your character, style, and ability to connect with the viewer.
  • kdierc: My thinking also RT @atownley: My goal: be a competent generalist with a network of specialists. Best way to help the most people.
  • kdierc: Yep RT @chrisdpotts: @toddbiske: @logicalleap: “Capabilities provide a Rosetta stone for business and IT discussions.” I agree. (me too)
  • oscarberg: RT @deb_lavoy analysis and measurement are of minimal value if you don’t have clear goals. otherwise what are you measuring?
  • unorder: We learn best from our failures AND our success but we are more motivated to examine failures http://tr.im/v1PP
  • jdevoo: RT @business_design: Solving the big issues of our generation requires bold new business models
  • unorder: 10 questions to ask to detect bullshit http://bit.ly/fmtUb
  • oscarberg: The checklist that will save our world and maybe your brand too! http://tinyurl.com/nrxnnl
  • christinearena: RT @gfriend Robert Fuller: “President Obama’s Politics of Dignity” (deep breath, then read first bullets) http://ow.ly/iQoP #fb
  • christinearena: RT @MarcGunther Wet towels, cell phones & sustainability | Blogpost on why rudeness matters. http://bit.ly/NGB9q
  • DavidGurteen: Passion: The Secret Ingredient? http://bit.ly/BWt41 spot on! [by Chuck Hollis] << ‘old way vs new way’
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