A week in Tweets: 13-19 Sept 09

Another week of Tweets, links and comments – click on the Read more’ link for the full set.

Some general computing / enterprise-modelling concerns:

  • emcconne: RT @jzb RT @estherschindler Why Users Dumped Your Open Source App for Proprietary Software http://bit.ly/5uK5V
  • bartleeten: Collaboration Environment for ITIL: DomainWiki http://bit.ly/qmgVl <use same principle in #EA dev’ment
  • rivettp: Artisan: UML should not be sold as a higher-level programming language – ends up ‘hacking with pictures’ // Artisan: #UML is widely taught in Universities but often badly e.g. reverse engineering code and calling the diagram the ‘design’ // There seems to be general agreement that #UML is too complex, even from those who developed the spec and tools #umlfuture
  • rivettp: #umlfuture UML workshop recommended a) simplifying/fixing problems raised with current spec, aided by use of better metamodel tooling… // workshop rec’d b) more strategic request for proposals for Modeling Architecture to incl #UML, #MOF, profiles, viewpoints
  • bartleeten: RT @softmodeling: A prototype tool to visualize UML models in 3D http://bit.ly/1rmDJu << Would be great for ArchiMate models
  • bartleeten: Rich Sharing for the Web http://bit.ly/1aPaBb <<useful semi-technical white-paper from HP
  • mikejwalker: SOA Maturity Models http://bit.ly/Ruff8 // Open Group SOA Governance Framework http://bit.ly/2yH5O
  • kvistgaard: RT @rolandwoldt: Aussie study which notation is easier to learn/understand (EPC/BPMN) – in the end it doesn’t matter http://tr.im/za4L

Enterprise-architecture and business-architecture:

  • emcconne: “What Really Matters” (basis of ‘Attention Economy’: relevance + trust -> attention) http://bit.ly/BENRI
  • tetradian: Side-wise <post> “Making continuous-improvement visible” http://bit.ly/UDfN9
  • mikejwalker:Top 10 Enterprise Architecture Mistakes http://bit.ly/1kacPI <<useful addendum to earlier Gartner piece
  • rlimbanda: Creating Agility: The CIO Conundrum, CIO Conference for Research in Africa – http://www.cioforum.co.za/events/cioconference2009 <great SouthAfrica view on #EA etc – note the website graphics
  • tetradian: <post> ‘Business Architecture Governance’ http://bit.ly/17O7v
  • oscarberg: “In formality there exists creativity and freedom of expression. No structure, no freedom.” http://ping.fm/ot12n <<ikebana flower-arranging as analogue for #EA
  • oscarberg: The day you want to learn about the needs of the users, you’re no longer accepted at the IT Department
  • mikejwalker: RT @EAConsulting: Inside the Kraft Transformation – three-year turnaround and their campaign to reorganize for growth http://bit.ly/zquYd
  • rtolido: published new Capgemini CTO blog post about “Haussmannisation”: the art of demolition before construction http://bit.ly/7IVg7 <very good point!
  • rettema: @rtolido @tetradian remembers me of the article “Slopen onder Architectuur” translation “Demolish under Architecture”
  • rlimbanda: SCRUM vs Kanban [pdf] http://bit.ly/cjAmV <merging/balancing the two techniques – recommended
  • oscarberg: RT @slmader Rules are for Impatient People http://ping.fm/V7FDt << some great patterns for technology adoption <<<examples are in higher-education – more than just technology adoption
  • jdevoo: If the FOSS movement was a catalyst to many Web 2.0 innovations, is there an equivalent mechanism for sustainability? Other commonalities?
  • jdevoo: RT @rschmelzer Process Isomorphism: The Critical link between SOA and BPM http://bit.ly/4t1Kor | gr8 read w/ @tetradian’s VSM-based taxonomy
  • tetradian: <post> ‘Re-using TOGAF Phases B C D’ http://bit.ly/pKsfU
  • JohnPolgreen: Discussion in Houston #TOGAF 9 cert course: Can #EA provide benefit to entire enterprise, while satisfying pressing demands of bus units < not easy!
  • oscarberg: Some architects are so eager to apply their frameworks that they miss what they are applying it on and why // With bad enterprise architects, I mean those who are in love with their frameworks and forget the As Is
  • rlimbanda: Agility in architecture: PMBOK, RUP, XP, SCRUM, Kanban or Do Whatever/Nothing http://bit.ly/aYotI #EA
  • modera6072: Strategy: a plan, method, or series of maneuvers for obtaining a specific goal. // Goal – the result or achievement toward which effort is directed. // Objective – something that one’s efforts or actions are intended to attain or accomplish; purpose; goal. // Goal or Objective – Goal suggests a measure of the intention while Objective suggests the principle of the intention without measure.
  • miket0181: Enjoying being an unashamed Enterprise IT Architect. The space is uncontested and I get lots of “customer leverage” over the business space.
  • JohnPolgreen: Houston #TOGAF cert participants developed project plan for an #EA project with no IT content whatsoever < way to go guys
  • tetradian: <post> ‘Dimensions of a Spiral’ (rethinking Spiral Dynamics culture-analysis framework) http://bit.ly/eR5eB
  • rettema: metrics and enterprise architecture modeling are becoming more and more yin yang … finally a good direction in EA
  • thoughttrans: RT @DougGtheBA challenge: Discover cause of developer’s phobia of analyst involvement past Initiation phase and work to collaborate
  • adriancampbell: For fans of enterprise architecture –> I tend to publish my thoughts on EA at http://ingenia.wordpress.com/ and http://iea.wikidot.com/
  • unorder: RT @DanielPink: WSJ’s Sue Shellenbarger must-read column on landmark study showing the importance of autonomy at work. http://bit.ly/KaauQ
  • DavidGurteen: Managers need to measure and reward trust http://bit.ly/12KZI5 #KM #RUBBISH <<David disagrees (hence ‘#RUBBISH’) but at the least, having some kind of metric for trust is valid

A brief exchange about ‘ivory tower’ enterprise-architects, from Brenda Michelson, Mike Turner and Sam Lowe:

  • bmichelson: RT @gotze: Ivar Jacobson: Of course we need an enterprise architecture, but … do it right. Archtects must climb down from the ivory tower
  • bmichelson: RT @gotze: @miket0181 @bmichelson Most people living in ivory towers do not admit….<– these unknowing ivory tower sitters are killing EA
  • miket0181: @bmichelson @gotze The problem is the ivory tower is in the eye of the beholder. Everyone agrees because they have their own interpretation
  • miket0181: @bmichelson Something tangible that is close to this is “what is your EA function accountable for”? Accountability forces engagement
  • bmichelson: @miket0181 that’s fair; i view ivory tower factor as how far removed from actual business of IT; influence to planning & capability delivery
  • miket0181: @bmichelson so… Q: How do I know I’m in an ivory tower? A: I don’t have accountabilities that relate to Business or IT capability delivery
  • bmichelson: @miket0181 agreed, but qualified (not unread docs); so that accountability needs to tie to Business | IT Capability delivery
  • sam_lowe: @miket0181 @bmichelson I agree. an ivory tower isnt normally an active choice, its a passive result of a tolerated lack of engagement
  • miket0181: @sam_lowe tolerated, or forced. Ivory tower also a key symptom of an under-powered or side-lined architecture function

Knowledge-management and ‘Enterprise 2.0’:

  • unorder: Book review of new work by @etiennewenger @NancyWhite @smithjd called Digital Habitats, http://is.gd/3eIVG <operations/practices for communities of practice – recommend for #E20 folks
  • oscarberg: RT @aponcier Finally, technology is about people http://is.gd/3dFeE <also see ‘Fit-most’ http://bit.ly/3vu9o5
  • oscarberg: Blogged: This week in links – week 37, 2009 http://bit.ly/tRLLO <inks + useful summaries on #E20 etc
  • hebsgaard: Enterprise 2.0 and white collar productivity improvements. #e20 #innovation #gov20 – http://bit.ly/TeOkx <<useful links to other articles on key innovations in present E2.0 thinking
  • DavidGurteen: Can Twitter Serve as a Personal Knowledge Management Tool? http://bit.ly/yRmGO #KM
  • oscarberg: “In space no one can hear you scream” => “in cyberspace anyone can hear you whisper”
  • oscarberg: Blogged: People need information, not data or content http://bit.ly/1wgPYY <structured vs unstructured info
  • oscarberg: “You don’t share ideas with an organization; you share them with other people” http://www.rheingold.com/Associates/onlinenetworks.html <<old (2000) but still very relevant
  • oscarberg: Blogged: Why a social (professional) online network is a key strategic resource http://bit.ly/2iSrf6 <brief summary of key points from Rheingold item above
  • oscarberg: Good summary of McKinsey’s study on how companies are benefiting from Web 2.0 technologies http://ping.fm/cBNEy #e20 #web20
  • getstoried: Gary Hirsh article on #story, branding, org culture – see 4-quadrant Story Plotter http://bit.ly/27jmBv
  • oscarberg: The Web At A New Crossroads http://bit.ly/9NfYX
  • oscarberg: With Enterprise 2.0, for the first time in history we think hard on adoption before implementing new tech // You can’t just drop Enterprise 2.0 on people’s heads – we need to make them want it <<might disagree with some of the detail in there, but agree with the sentiment overall
  • unorder: Dan Pink’s subtle (and effective) use of story in his TED presentation http://is.gd/3olYa
  • oscarberg: RT @dhinchcliffe Useful perspective from @rossdawson on my E2.0 best practices bit http://bit.ly/2WOGv7 “Best” can’t beat what works for you
  • oscarberg: “Sell the benefits of Enterprise 2.0 with decision makers, but set a conservative expectation with employees” http://ping.fm/YKlP4
  • DavidGurteen: How conversation is bringing #KM back to the people http://bit.ly/afk55 #KCAFE <<hands-on description of a Knowledge Cafe
  • oscarberg: Blogged: This week in links – week 37, 2009 http://bit.ly/18aVS9 <<Oscar’s usual useful summaries about Enterprise 2.0 themes
  • David Gurteen: 10 great quotes on conversation http://bit.ly/D35ip
  • DavidGurteen: Alternatives to the CKO from Dave Snowden @snowded http://bit.ly/3lx2nK
  • snowded: Mnemonic: artifacts, skills, heuristics, experience, natural talent (ASHEN) adding relationships (Patrick Lamb idea). HARNESS if add story  #KM <<crosslink to Cynefin
  • snowded: Mnemonic: Heuristics, Artifacts, Relationships, Natural Talent, Experience, Skills, Structure HARNESS (cf Narrative Labs) #KM
  • oscarberg: 21 Steps on How to Monitor Your Brand Online and Keep Track of the Conversation http://retwt.me/20GO
  • oscarberg: RT @ITSinsider …experimenting with a graphic. Trying to demonstrate how popular “social” memes relate to e20. http://is.gd/3sOHx Feedback?
  • DavidGurteen: RT @VMaryAbraham: Three KMs http://bit.ly/1lZDE4 | Distinguishes between Big #KM, Little KM and Personal KM (by Patti Anklam)

Miscellaneous ideas about business and the like:

  • emcconne: In a meeting today someone said “Think in terms of the offer, what do we want people to buy?”…Shouldn’t it be what does our buyers want?
  • florian__: captivating POV written by Blue Cross on what needs to evolve in US healthcare: http://bit.ly/2sFeE
  • unorder: Nice use of social proof technique ie 20+ :RT @rossdawson: Thx for the 20+ RT of Will Influencism supplant Capitalism? http://bit.ly/OpNyY
  • oscarberg: unbelievable people accept becoming managers without having a clue about what it means to be a manager // even more unbelievable is that so many people made managers are not leaders
  • kdierc: @oscarberg being able to delegate? 🙂
  • oscarberg: @kdierc I know of several managers who are not leaders AND cannot delegate // Everyone who gets offered to become manager should at least read Tribes by Seth Godin first
  • unorder: Henry Mintzberg in HBR suggests we need to rebuild companies as communities http://is.gd/3jr8x HT @Skimmingstone <intro only, remainder is behind HBR paywall
  • christinearena: I love debates! Seth Godin on Non-Profits: http://bit.ly/wxevE Why Seth Godin is Wrong: http://bit.ly/4tIyi
  • tonyrestell: “The great management consultancy swindle” – the Independent trots out a one-sided piece about our industry http://bit.ly/oCUYj <<is actually quite a good ‘insider story’ similar to others I’ve seen about validity and misuse of external consultants
  • thoughttrans: Article “How Well Do You Know That” available http://is.gd/Xegx Which business users has the most wisdom? Do they know you exist? <<another ‘goodie’ in Pat Ferdinandi’s ‘Rules of Engagement’ series
  • oscarberg: RT @GeorgeDearing Gap To Employees: Work Wherever, Whenever You Want – [BusinessWeek] http://ff.im/-8iOdb
  • jdevoo: RT @rossdawson Looking at Chris Anderson’s compilation of media business models http://bit.ly/L5M0Q pretty comprehensive | what’s missing? <<useful list of business-models for web-based media etc
  • business_design: agree, agree RT @timoreilly: “Obscurity is a greater threat to authors than piracy” http://bit.ly/MDaw1 <<ref to another ‘oldie but goodie’ from Tim O’Reilly, on responses to media piracy etc
  • christinearena: Yea, what he said! @umairh’s Awesomeness Manifesto http://bit.ly/15JL84 <<compare innovate to ‘awesome’ – theme of genuine value etc – Harvard Business
  • florian: I don’t get it: why should I pay more for clean energy? PSE&G surtaxing to buy/deliver clean-energy … #clean-energy // if they believe in the business model, i.e. eventually cheaper to produce, they should be the one eating the capital cost
  • modera6072: What influence has optimism upon engagement? Optimism is bound up with an idea of the future. Drive the idea down through the organization.
  • bartleeten: RT @TechCrunch The Importance Of Enthusiasm In Any Product http://bit.ly/EsAUU << absolutely true, fire in the eyes!
  • colinpwheeler: thinks: “Don’t think profit, think prosperity!”

The broader social context:

  • christinearena: Urban living think tank @urbanrevision asks geniuses to reconsider density: http://bit.ly/1pW7Yv Very cool.
  • DavidGurteen: RT @jessebdylan: Larry Lessig talk – corruption in government – the bloated lobbying system that’s bad for all of us. http://bit.ly/PfZPk
  • tetradian: <post> ‘Downer again – and deeper doubts’ http://bit.ly/6N7s5
  • christinearena: On Huff Post – @mwbuckingham asks: What’s Happening To Women’s Happiness? http://bit.ly/dks9K Apparently we’ve really lost it. <<oh dear, very slightly better than another “ain’t life unfair for women” whinge – no-one seems to have noticed that the ‘unhappiness’ is most probably caused by a mix of rampant self-centrism and an flagrant refusal to understand the different between ‘we can have it all’ expectations and “having it all is damned hard work” reality…

And the usual ‘none of the above’ miscellany:

  • thoughttrans: RT @BentleyGTCSpeed Never start by assuming the other person is “damaged.” They were smart enough to ask for your help, right?
  • bartleeten: Resetting Expectations: Some Augmented Reality Links http://bit.ly/ecUgf <some solid realism amongst the augmented-reality hype
  • basvg: RT @ericschabell: Print your blog: http://bit.ly/jerD3 <interesting use of POD technique, if relatively expensive
  • thoughttrans: RT @ThisIsSethsBlog Seth’s Blog: Things to ask before you redo your website http://bit.ly/f3HjD
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