A week in Tweets: 8-14 Nov 09

Another week, another collection of Tweets and links, perhaps rather longer than usual this time. More after the ‘More info…’ link.

Enterprise-architecture and business-architecture:

  • aojensen:  Quick research: Has anyone drawn the line between Luhmann’s macro/thin trust, industry competitiveness, and the org trust yielded by an EA?
  • oscarberg:  RT @j4ngis: Every system has both useful and harmful effects. Can’t see anything useful? Look again. Change perspective.
  • business_design:  RT @leashless: @business_design Three Rules for Designing the Social Enterprise http://bit.ly/3BLsocent nutshell vers. of what we discussed
  • christinearena:  Goldman Sachs says social purpose is “To Do God’s Work” http://bit.ly/3xCBck Talk about delusions of grandeur.
  • AussiMike:  How to Develop a Governance Program (that doesn’t suck the life out of your organization) http://ff.im/-baFTm
  • aojensen:  imply reducing the complexity? Simplifying? Interpreting? Putting it into another lingual discourse? Meaning and communication allow us to reduce complexity, but one should avoid the growing tendency to reify and quantify complexity as a mathematical product, as complexity often arises from social and not purely scientific contexts. … And by scientific contexts, I mean the ontology of organisations and complexity as cognitive machines with fixed positions in the market. Sure, one can do so, but it is a highly reductionistic approach that increases the chance of oversimplification of the social. So my point is: abstracting and reifying complexity into predictable models is not managing it, as it is not manageable in itself. Neither the world, reality (realities?) or social contexts are Turing complete, thus we cannot approximate a predictable model of complexity
  • greblhad:  Successful #entarch assumes responsibility for the results of using it!
  • greblhad: FFW to 12mins and watch a funny and insightful story just as applicable to #entarch as any cereal out there http://bit.ly/3NvrMF
  • oscarberg: My laptop just almost got stolen, but knowing my work is safely hosted in the cloud my world didn’t fall apart // The risk that your laptop gets stolen or the hard drive crashes is much greater than losing stuff in the cloud
  • hebsgaard: RT @copyblogger How to Make Money with Free – http://bit.ly/4B0zSg
  • hebsgaard: Will Social Technology Change Business? http://bit.ly/3SKZEN
  • oscarberg: The amount of fear that Enterprise 2.0 reveals within orgs suggests we’re on to something big #e20 // Those who fear #e20 the most are the obvious: senior male mgmt relying on hidden informal networks & control of info // I’m advising a young innovative corp with a strong fearless young female CEO – they just want results fast #e20 // Enterprise 2.0 is not a threat to managers – only to bad managers #e20 // The problem with Enterprise 2.0 being a threat only to bad managers is that there are a LOT of bad managers out there
  • Cybersal: RT @pevansgreenwood: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. http://bit.ly/2fepw6 #entarch
  • EnterprisingA: #EAMantra (7) If no-one is questioning your architecture, no-one is using it.
  • EnterprisingA: #EAMantra (8) Architecture is like alcohol. Just the right amount gives you confidence, but you need to know when to stop
  • EnterprisingA: RT @RSessions: build large building & save by not hiring arch is that tech debt or tech stupidity? <- or (painful) learning opportunity 😉
  • aojensen: Just read excerpts from Danish master’s thesis on cross-governmental IT governance (http://bit.ly/HeXiH < Danish). // Interesting to see academic use of Ross and Weill’s operating models, but the report tends to oversimplify the use of static models.. // Social systems cannot, and I repeat cannot!, comprise a single operating model, especially not for such a complex system as the government. // Just my two cents for academics drawing on Ross and Weill’s model (and don’t get me wrong, it is a necessary and well-defined concept).
  • theopengroup: White Paper – Why does Enterprise Architecture Matter? (free, reg required) http://ow.ly/B6jd
  • theopengroup: RT @a_josey: New White Paper: TOGAF(tm) 9 and ArchiMate(R) 1. How these two standards can be used together http://bit.ly/PD5c6 (regn reqd)
  • EnterprisingA: RT @leodesousa: RT @Peter_ebizQ: 20% of EAs I’ve met really “get it”. The problem is…http://bit.ly/3llumb #ebizqforum <- added mine too
  • business_design: check out @davegray’s new “book” project. A must for business thinkers/doers: http://bit.ly/2pD6Rn
  • oscarberg: We don’t really get how it would affect a business if there would be no communication barriers // A lot of people don’t manage to think outside of their box in the org chart (or office) // The question we should ask ourselves over and over again: what happens when we connect the silos? // We’re not tearing down the silos, we’re just making them transparent & connecting them so they can talk to each other
  • oscarberg: RT @rotkapchen: @oscarberg or let them connect… < yes, of course…we let them do it themselves 🙂
  • oscarberg: RT @hyttfors: Forgive them cause they know not.. RT @brett: Murdoch to Hide News Corp Content from Google Within Months http://bit.ly/1bkha8 // Will any sane business invest in advertising on Murdoch’s news sites if they don’t get the visibility Google adds? // Murdoch rather makes his media empire commit suicide than reinventing itself to avoid being killed // The business model where media corps could sell news produced elsewhere to a local audience is dead (world is global) // The only way for media corps to survive is to produce truly unique journalistic content – then a paid model would work
  • thoughttrans: Following the spirit of the strategy has a bigger impact than following the letter of the process.
  • JohnPolgreen: RT@thoughttrans Following the spirit of the strategy has a bigger impact than following the letter of the process. < #TOGAF ppl tk note.
  • rlimbanda: RT@RealLouw Good #EntArch article linking it EA to business http://bit.ly/2R2I8b > IT report to EA (Ross) <“enterprise architecture becomes more a staff function to senior management to help them clarify the vision so that everyone can understand it”
  • rontolido: Business Prevention: The Mission http://tolido.blogspot.com/2009/11/business-prevention-mission.html
  • tetradian: RT @AussiMike: to @theopengroup: develop a class of membership for small (1 to 2 person) consultancies <strongly agree [also @JohnPolgreen “<yes”, @pauljensen “<strongly agree 2”]

Knowledge-management, narrative-knowledge and interpersonal collaboration:

  • unorder:  RT @tweetmeme Anecdote: More proof that emotion is a powerful force in making sense of information http://bit.ly/4E6xIb
  • jdevoo: McKinsey’s take on collaboration at work: knowledge worker taxonomy in Flash http://bit.ly/3NvDpD
  • hebsgaard: Knowledge lies in the walls #km http://tinyurl.com/yeb3mu3 <another ‘short & sweet & useful’ note from Nick Milton
  • tetradian: Jono Bacon (Ubuntu) book “The Art of Community” now available for free download http://www.artofcommunityonline.org/2009/09/18/the-art-of-community-now-available-for-free-download/
  • snowded: Confusing creativity with innovation: New video clip out  http://tr.im/EI1u <clear distinction via Apollo13
  • unorder: RT @complexified: great exercise to explore if we are on the same page http://bit.ly/sH6VA Excellent > via @alan_sharland (via @johnt)
  • snowded: RT @publicmind:Nice and well done little presentation on Complexity and the Cynefin Framework – http://tinyurl.com/5k489y
  • DavidGurteen: Can We Save the Dying Art of Conversation ? http://bit.ly/VURWo
  • unorder: A strategy is useless unless it’s memorable, understandable and people care about its aims AND it’s used to guide decisions all the time.
  • unorder: “My sons are fighting. How can I make them c their error?”. He asks them to break a bundle of sticks. They can’t. A single stick? They can. // That last tweet was my attempt to tell an Aesop tale in 140 characters. Anyone else what to have a go?
  • snowded: HELP NEEDED – in short sentences only, what are the key KM concepts/ideas/practices? // More detail on #KM request for concepts etc. here http://tr.im/ENXC
  • DavidGurteen: The library as conversation http://bit.ly/1a9VRg

Enterprise 2.0, social-software and online collaboration:

  • oscarberg:  It’s hard to see use cases that social software can support and enable unless you have experienced them yourself // With an open social platform it is your imagination that delimits the use cases you see it can enable and support // The thing is, on an open social platform you get access to the imagination of others when your own is not enough // One could say that people who don’t see any use cases with social software lack ability or input to imaginate // If you study the social web, you can identify patterns which can be applied for business uses as well // If you can’t see these patterns when studying, say, how Facebook is used, then you need help // If you can see patterns on the social web, but can’t translate them to your own business context, then you also need help // Sorry for writing an essay in a series of tweets. I will bring my reasoning together in a blog post
  • oscarberg:  The fact that businesses are different makes it hard to just copy #E20 approach and solutions from another business // Each business needs to find its own drivers, vision and approach to Enterprise 2.0 #e20 // None of the businesses we work with have the same drivers, vision or approach to #E20 – use cases and solutions differ too // Some want to jump on the #E20 bandwagon right away to see where it will take them, others need a big business case
  • oscarberg:  Blogged: Enterprise 2.0 for dummies http://bit.ly/1VJSSx #e20
  • oscarberg: Current paradigm change: information-centric (info is a thing) -> communication-centric (info for conversation)
  • Cybersal:  Amusing piece in today’s Times about Twitter’s fit (or lack of it) with big business http://bit.ly/3nvJQL
  • bergmart: Comparing different EA skills frameworks. Wondering if there’s anyone who can match all these criteria. I only know 2 people who come close
  • Cybersal: @bergmart good question. I think a core competence of EA people is knowing the right questions to ask of whom, to fill in the gaps.
  • oscarberg: RT @roundtrip: Enterprise 2.0 Schism http://bit.ly/2IiT3Y Too much fun to write #e20 #druckerian <recommend
  • oscarberg: RT @k_kristensen: My #e20s presentation “Measuring Collaborative Performance – Due Diligence for Enterprise 2.0” http://bit.ly/3VN6Ji
  • craighepburn: 5 Steps to E20 heaven.. 1 Be aware..2 Get Notified..3. Add your mark..4. Create for others..5 Integrate & leverage #e20s
  • hebsgaard: Fighting the Asymmetry of Government 2.0 #egovernment #gov20 http://bit.ly/1sOVpB <requires bidirectional flow
  • oscarberg: RT @axbom RT @letterpress_se @extrabyte: The rise of the networked individual. http://tinyurl.com/yd2joh8 < interesting read!
  • oscarberg: The transition from a need-to-know to a  need-to-share mindset is key to #e20 but also hard for many people
  • hebsgaard: Overcoming the Obstacles To Social Business #e20 http://bit.ly/3TXwKo <useful, practical advice on #e20
  • BillIves RT @gyehuda: New Blog post: German companies overcome E2.0 challenges http://bit.ly/3v1waI <“are you prepared to be surprised?”
  • jdevoo: “The 90-9-1 Principle” In social groups, some people actively participate more than others. http://www.90-9-1.com/ <resources
  • BillIves: Über-Connected Organization: A Mandate for 2010 http://bit.ly/2SoiFI <HarvardBusiness article on #e20
  • oscarberg: Enterprise 2.0 adoption is more about politics than technology – and politics dictate the approach // The greatness of social software lies in how it supports weak ties by increasing transparency, reach, immediacy & interactivity // Understanding how politics work within an org is necessity when determining approach to #E20 adoption // There is one key characteristic that an #E20 adoption approach needs to have – and it spells a-d-a-p-t-a-b-l-e // Since #e20 adoption is so much about politics (at least now), there is no such thing as a best practice approach // All orgs think they are unique – The one that does not think that must be truly unique

Technical architecture:

  • rettema: Finally a clear cloud article about its economics http://twurl.nl/73clx0
  • theopengroup: Making the Business Case in TOGAF 9 (free, reg required) http://ow.ly/B6ho
  • theopengroup: RT @a_josey: TOGAF presentation: Components of TOGAF 9 http://bit.ly/1RE96q . More decks at http://bit.ly/1GIbzR
  • EnterprisingA: Paul Preiss says “in certifications from IASA business arch. will remain a technology strategy role” here http://bit.ly/UQuP6 <- Oh dear [to the same Paul Preiss comment, CyberSal remarks “Arrgh!”, I say “no no NO!!”
  • tebbo: RT @freeformcentral Serialisation of Freeform’s first green IT minibook by @tebbo Part 1 here http://bit.ly/HPUly <<< Cheers Peter Judge
  • bartleeten: Using an IT Business Value Program to Measure Benefits to the Enterprise http://bit.ly/3gCZfh

A good discussion on ‘non-functional’ requirements:

  • theopengroup: White Paper – Non-Functional Requirements (NFR) Framework (free, reg required) http://ow.ly/B6il
  • seabird20: @tetradian There are no non-functional requirements. Loss of the system results in functional loss. Interesting paper though
  • richardveryard: 4 @arnonrgo @seabird20 @tetradian I have long been critical of so-called Non-Functional Requirements http://tinyurl.com/yd3f22g
  • tetradian: r @seabird20 @richardveryard re ‘non-functional requirements’, I strongly agree – term is dangerously misleading // ‘non-functional’ reqs are *qualitative* reqs, most are essential to overall system function
  • seabird20: @tetradian I like the word qualitative – definitely going to pinch it . Thanks 🙂
  • rotkapchen: @tetradian flashbacks to last project where I fought the term. // to me the whole model is more akin to an RFP.
  • thoughttrans: @tetradian ‘non-functional’ reqs are *qualitative* reqs, most are essential to overall system function <<incl *sys* as an IT *sys–agree
  • Richardveryard: @tetradian @seabird20 *qualitative* requirements are usually quantified as well – they belong to HOW MUCH column Kipling and Zachman forgot

Society and suchlike:

  • christinearena:  Something Stirs: BBC poll finds widespread dissatisfaction with free market capitalism http://bit.ly/3hasPx
  • tetradian:  BBC: How a blunder finished off the Wall http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8347753.stm <interesting parallel for change in other large orgs? #entarch
  • christinearena: New Fast Company post: Web-based World Change http://bit.ly/1d7Lxw Featuring @Kiva and Katalyst
  • hebsgaard: Attention Lloyd Blankfein: The Public Purpose of Banking http://tinyurl.com/y8dqmug
  • EnterprisingA: RT @pauljansen: There are those that excel at leading, and then there are those that try leading through MS Excel <- I wish I said that 🙂
  • noreenahertz: In looking for technological solutions for everything do we risk answering the wrong questions? <YES!!

And the usual miscellaneous snippets and comments:

  • oscarberg:  Tweeting is good for testing and shaping ideas before blogging about them #Twitter
  • business_design:  innovators accommodate a mix of naivety and hard-boiledness. The former is required to start, the latter is required to not stop…
  • kdierc: RT @johanbruyneel: The problem is not that there are problems. It is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem.
  • business_design: I forgot that I had made this one RT @nonobody: Reading “Good PowerPoint Design” by @business_design http://tinyurl.com/67az9p
  • oscarberg: To be happier U have to think about feeling good, feeling bad & feeling right in an atmosphere of growth http://ping.fm/bctY5 <link to ‘The Happiness Project’ includes ref to Christopher Alexander:

Alexander identifies “fifteen structural [and also, he argues, objective] features which appear again and again in things which do have life”:
1. levels of scale
2. strong centers
3. boundaries
4. alternating repetition
5. positive space
6. good shape
7. local symmetries
8. deep interlock and ambiguity
9. contrast
10. gradients
11. roughness
12. echoes
13. the void
14. simplicity and inner calm
15. non-separateness

  • rettema: Paradigm Paralysis (my word of the day) : the inability or refusal to see beyond the current models of thinking
  • thoughttrans: RT @copyblogger “Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.” ~Marcus Aurelius
  • Cybersal: RT @Cybersal: RT @roygrubb: Beyond mind maps: The wonder of Nancy Margulies’ Mindscapes http://is.gd/4RB95 >>Nice Visual Thinking tutorial
  • EnterprisingA: Thought for today: If you don’t know what your goals are, don’t expect others to help you achieve them.
  • jdevoo: RT @randyrichmond: At any moment you can start anew and joy is possible just about anytime. <I need to keep remembering that… 🙁 🙂
  • oscarberg: Eleven Myths of De-Cluttering by @gretchenrubin http://bit.ly/1aFMyy <practical advice for an over-cluttered life!
  • miket0181: RT @rickmans: Fast Company: In Japan, Even the Barcodes Are Well Designed http://bit.ly/2qyci3
  • jdevoo: Ecoplexity, también en español – Ecoplejidad http://bit.ly/1xeMuZ
  • rettema: without words http://charterforcompassion.org
  • oscarberg: Everything that you approach with a positive attitude seems simpler than it probably is
  • jdevoo: Audio interview with Mark Helprin http://bit.ly/2pBtmR vs. Creative Commons: Enabling the next level of innovation http://bit.ly/2enIqn
  • miket0181: RT @leeprovoost: The Biggest Stories of Our Time, Visualized http://bit.ly/1b7QsY […] (via @Razorfish) <– Truly awesome infographics!

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