A week in Tweets: 6-12 Dec 2009

Another week’s collection of Tweets and links on enterprise-architecture and other assorted matters Once again it’s a little late (apologies), and again a bit on the long side (6 pages), so click on the ‘Read more…’ link for the details.

Enterprise-architecture, business-architecture and the relationship between business and society:

  • rlimbanda, @GuyKawasaki: How to Discover Your Life’s Purpose http://tinyurl.com/yfhlkss <also re-use Q’s to find biz purpose #entarch
  • bartleeten, @glynlumley, @triplepundit The Parallels of the Toyota Production System and Sustainability http://bit.ly/5FBV0v #entarch
  • DavidGurteen: Stop and think about incentives! http://bit.ly/87bUbG #norewards <(detailed article with many links)
  • rlimbanda: RT @scottwambler Process improvement is uncomfortable at best. If you’re not uncomfortable then you’re not improving.
  • kvistgaard: A holistic approach is somehow opposite of decoupling but it seems that the combination of both + good governance could close the Biz/IT gap
  • rlimbanda: Enterprise Architecture must be able to develop not just blue prints but revenue models to be of value in the 21st century. // Technology will rapidly change business and revenue models that “Channeling” will be the new way of digging for gold and EA as blueprint.
  • oscarberg: What’s wrong with some people? Doing a business case for choosing between two alternatives that only looks at costs? // I thought the whole idea with a business case was to assess benefits (expected value) against costs, risks etc
  • EnterprisingA: #EAMantra (17) Know your place… and believe in its importance
  • jdevoo: RT @jdevoo: Applied industrial ecology: solutions for industrial ecosystems  http://bit.ly/8AaeWS (in French) <also #entarch
  • (via @hebsgaard) Bertrand Duperrin: how to export your conversations and focus on transactions? http://bit.ly/7cZxOc <attention-economy
  • rlimbanda: 50 Patterns for Architecture Intensive Disciplines http://www.kase.co.za/patterns.htm <work-in-progress but already very useful
  • bartleeten, @pevansgreenwood, @dlimiter: Motivation: Moving Beyond the Carrot and Stick http://bit.ly/8HI6o2 <recommend – includes good examples of intrinsic motivators
  • ProfilingPro: “There’s a perception that when there is a problem it is a technical one, but when you drill down it is actually more of a strategic issue.”
  • JohnPolgreen: RT@totalcio “Security leaders at times do a poor job of helping the business understand the principles of risk.” (C Ryan Brewer) // [also] Some execs “more interested in notions than policy, and policy than implementation.” (Daniel Mintz)
  • kdierc: RT @richardveryard critical responsibility of architect is to ensure lots of small problems don’t add up to a big problem http://bit.ly/7lMY6z
  • thinksmith: #kgames : As usual @davegray is doing some strong thinking, focus on game design in business (or just “work”): http://is.gd/5gRww <recommend also for #entarch
  • rlimbanda: To understand human systems based on postmodern natural architecture and the transformation of 21st century social enterprise. // And to understand and share the things that make us human #thoozd
  • rlimbanda: RT @jontyfisher Brian Solis – The Evolution of A New Trust Economy: http://bit.ly/91UZ5g <recommend #entarch
  • taotwit: Good to see my material on VPEC-T (first pub here http://bit.ly/m5rqO ) being re-purposed http://bit.ly/505nSx – but attribution please Mr V! #vpect
  • bartleeten: (via @jamet123) DRD: Decision Requirements Diagram http://bit.ly/4IMy7w <modelling ‘Why’ in detail-layer #entarch
  • toddbiske: The #entarch threat debate is consistent with my recent arch. governance blog. W/o clear exec. leadership, the legislature will gridlock. // Whether it’s #entarch or anyone else, turf wars will always ensue when roles/resp for strategy, standards, etc. are unclear. // #entarch is more susceptible, because roles/resp for strategy, planning, etc. are more often unclear that typical project delivery tasks.
  • JohnPolgreen: RT@richardveryard Do people feel threatened by EA? If so, EA shouldn’t back away, should confront questions of stakeholder risk and trust.
  • JohnPolgreen: RT@richardveryard People righfully threatened by EA says @pauljansen. “An EA often sees the bigger picture ‘they’ cannot.”
  • rettema: Managing diverging tempos: the readiness tempo has to be managed in its own right, refreshing EA thoughts of SEI http://twurl.nl/srvyrt <limitations of Zachman and DoDAF 2.0 for real US Dept of Defense needs #entarch
  • rlimbanda: Architecture-Intensive-Disciplines & Vitruvian Definition of Aesthetics-Function-Structure (Venustas-Utilitas-Firmitas) www.kase.co.za <strongly recommend
  • rlimbanda: Series of interesting graphic animations visualizing differences in aspects of Architecture and Engineering // Architecture versus Engineering – Interpretation http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTxJcFpbxLc&feature=related // – Segregation http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vT1Plwjfuns&feature=related // – Concealment http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BvZaDy94Ig&NR=1 // – Revelation http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41qnnsZVfjI&feature=related // – Qualification http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rqp-BuSFUEU&NR=1 // – Master http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJOuurrTM2E&feature=related <very short – just 7 seconds each – and not quite sure what they’re illustrating, but interesting nonetheless
  • business_design: Business Model Canvases will be available on line for free very soon under a Creative Commons license! <hooray! 🙂
  • business_design: Challenge: Can any other city organize such a cool #bmgen book meet-up? Check-out the workshop video of #bmgenTO http://bit.ly/8f06xr
  • rettema: Greed, Fear, and Enterprise Architecture. Enterprises share and express the underlying greed of people. http://twurl.nl/7ohmcr <prophetic (oct08), also responsibility of architects
  • oscarberg: RT @billycripe Next Generation Workplace http://bit.ly/6XCcyf #E20 <extension of attention/trust economies directly into the workplace
  • bartleeten: RT @mikojava: It’s not about order-to-cash. It’s not even prospect-to-cash. It’s about great-idea-in-the-shower-to-cash << yes!
  • kdierc: RT @mcgoverntheory: Ent. Arch don’t need to know how to code. Just need to stop apologizing for losing skills of the past. #entarch #cio <agree – or rather, probably need to know how to code, but not expect to do it

A discussion on the use, in enterprise-architecture and business-architecture, of the Business Model Canvas’ from the book “Business Model Generation” by Alex Osterwalder and others:

  • rettema: I think the Business Model Canvas is currently the best aggregation model for Enterprise Architecture to explain shifts on BM level #BMGEN // Will facilitate tomorrow a #BMGEN workshop. They are unaware of the unbundling pattern, will their eyes go open. Will let you know !
  • tetradian: @rettema if you’re using #bmgen Business Model Canvs in #entarch, please do describe your experiences with it!
  • rettema: @tetradian Business people speak canvas, we can extrapolate it to EA to define the construction of the enterprise.  // especially the BM Patterns cannot be recognized in EA, that is the true advantage of BusinessModelGeneration #entarch #bmgen
  • tetradian: @rettema #bmgen this is why I *always* start at the whole-enterprise level, not just at TOGAF-style ‘business architecture’ // By the way, view of #bmgen is ‘org=enterprise’, does not cover whole-of-enterprise concerns or trust-economy/attention-economy etc
  • rettema: You hit the nail on the head !, can you recognize a long tail (BM Pattern) from an IT architecture ?, I think you must ! // @tetradian by the way, view … I agree Tom .. underlying patterns behind BM is the market 🙂
  • richardveryard: @tetradian @rettema #bmgen is a good enough lens, but a single lens is never enough. #lenscraft http://tinyurl.com/qly5b3
  • tetradian: @richardveryard @rettema agreed, always a need for multiple lenses – my feel is that #bmgen is *minimum* for #entarch, not a ‘nice to have’!
  • rettema: @richardveryard @tetradian apropo lens, EA=ORG, is tricky it is a HR lens but humans and their exposed communication is the enterprise.
  • tetradian: @rettema To me ‘enterprise’ is more than “a HR lens”, “humans & their exposed communication” – will post more on this later today

A discussion on the TOGAF enterprise-architecture framework and its extensions beyond IT to the whole enterprise:

  • JohnPolgreen: @tetradian #TOGAF cert class felt that ‘whole of ent’ EA could be accommodated w existing ADM if holistic mindset is taken…
  • tetradian: @JohnPolgreen agree, *if* a fully iterative approach is used – e.g. D may sometimes need to come before C/B (bottom-up) – o/wise use my vers
  • JohnPolgreen: @tetradian … they did like your take on the #TOGAF ADM as long as all the step detail is retained from the present model.
  • tetradian: @JohnPolgreen yes – the step-detail is needed – we just need the same level of detail for other areas of the enterprise (as required)
  • enectoux: @tetradian #TOGAF B,C & D have to be performed in parallel, not in sequence. In addition, ADM is iterative so u have all freedom there
  • praiseltoys: rt @tetradian Guys. I tried hard, but it’s a bit hard to follow you conversation. Too much ideas
  • JohnPolgreen: @tetradian Thanks for your great contributions to this wks #TOGAF cert course – I’ll using Twitter as a teaching tool going forward.
  • tetradian: @JohnPolgreen glad to hear it helped (unless you’re being cynical? 🙂 ) – Twitter’s useful but perhaps too fragmented for teaching?
  • tetradian: @enectoux yes, B/C/D have to be developed in parallel, but TOGAF doesn’t have adequate governance for that.. hence my restructure
  • tetradian: @praiseltoys my apologies, Twitter fragments too much – perhaps see the archived Twitterstream/summary at http://bit.ly/5pHbF8
  • JohnPolgreen: @tetradian Twitter gives an extra layer of interaction for the class – I can fill in for the fragmentation. Tks again!

The technology-architecture components of enterprise-architecture, and IT in general:

  • tetradian: @JohnPolgreen “with advent of cloud is TechArch an EA function” – if you’ve done #entarch properly, cloud is just another service, yes
  • jdevoo: sugarlabs: platform developed by the One Laptop per Child guys http://bit.ly/5eJ180 <different thinking on apps
  • theopengroup: RT @alexcullen: The “Archetypes of EA” – recognizing impact of organization expectations on EA teams success http://bit.ly/BVV3L #entarch <a bit over-simplistic and still IT-centric, but useful
  • jdevoo: RT @bblfish: Very neat: Map of Linked Data related to Competencies http://milstan.net/hypios/competence-map/mec.html <tech side of #km
  • kdierc: RT @malcolmlowe: Great quote @chrisdpotts “IT on its own has no value”. simple and true but people and press still talk about IT projects.
  • oscarberg: Nice intro to the concept of cloud computing by Salesforce – could help even managers to get it http://bit.ly/8vhair

Narrative-knowledge, ‘knowledge-management’ and in-person collaboration:

  • oscarberg: Enterprise 2.0 requires a transformation of all systems, human as well as technological, within a business <ditto #entarch
  • oscarberg: Corollaries to the laws of knowledge management (via @johnt) http://www.stevedenning.com/corollaries.html
  • oscarberg: Establishing a culture of sharing requires a clear connection between sharing & personal success // RT @tdebaillon @oscarberg Sharing as a Learning act might be a valuable approach
  • DavidGurteen: World Cafe needs help http://bit.ly/7irchU
  • DavidGurteen: RT @DavidGurteen: Allan Crawford: The KM elephant http://bit.ly/7go1FJ #km <what is knowledge management? what form(s) does it take?
  • DavidGurteen: John Bordeaux: All Learning is Personalized #km http://bit.ly/4NyEFs <KM principles and cognitive-science

Social-media, ‘Enterprise 2.0’ and online collaboration:

  • oscarberg: People communicating w friends at work via Facebook etc is not a productivity risk – however, social isolation is // We should not underestimate the importance of being motivated and having a social context to be productive // The recipe against long-term unemployment is to help the unemployed into a work-related social context where they feel valued
  • CyberSal: RT @alecsharp: “why twitter is useful” – you can connect with smart people who have similar interests, and they point you to great content <agree – that’s why it’s useful for me
  • oscarberg: Houston, we have a problem. Some orgs seem to think Enterprise 2.0 is a product to install next to other products // Enterprise 2.0 isn’t a solution or product – more a set of design principles to use when designing human & tech systems // Once you get the #e20 design principles, these can be applied to any system – context defines how to apply them // Enterprise 1.0 was a puppet show controlled by puppet masters. Now we cut the strings & allow people to act themselves
  • oscarberg: Will share my list of principles – until then: Enterprise 2.0 explained to our managers in 10 principles http://bit.ly/8IZ3D5 <see also comments by @rotkapchen and reply by @ceciiil
  • hebsgaard: RT @hebsgaard: Measuring the Business Value of Enterprise 2.0, Using Enterprise 2.0 #e20 http://tinyurl.com/yjxsgdl
  • oscarberg: Trust in a system is fundamental for the adoption of it. Applies also to social software. #e20 <also to #entarch
  • oscarberg: RT @pauljansen Enterprise 2.0 is not about changing the world: it is about you adapting to the changes that are going on in the world #e20
  • DavidGurteen: RT @RobinGood: Chris Brogan’s Speech At LeWeb http://tinyurl.com/yfwr72e <the trust-economy and the web
  • DavidGurteen: CSC: Next Generation Knowledge Management with Web 2.0 http://bit.ly/50A8rH #KM <seems fairly old – no reference after mid-2007 – and very IT-focussed, but useful nonetheless

Social themes in general:

  • jdevoo: RT @WorldwatchInst: Monumental step: Joint editorial on climate change By 56 newspapers http://bit.ly/8jxO7O
  • EnterprisingA: The global warming dilemma: They can’t burn the non-believers at the stake because the carbon footprint is too large 😉
  • davidriveroll: Self-experimenters + New Rich = new aristocracy? http://su.pr/21RZei (via @{tferriss}) <another meaning of ‘enterprise’?
  • oscarberg: Creative skills & ability to think “outside the box” must be included when measuring how students perform // In countries like Sweden we worry about our children’s math skills, but in countries like India they worry about creativity
  • jdevoo: RT @valdiskrebs: From analog activism to digital activism… it has not been all progress… http://bit.ly/8r82Cf <“How dictators watch us on the web” – well-researched, thoughtful, and ultimately optimistic
  • rlimbanda: RT @EmergentCulture WATCH: Thomas Greco: The End of Money & the Beginning of Civilization http://bit.ly/4TjaMH
  • rlimbanda: Social Entrepreneurs = Doing the things you love (Pragmatism and Entrepreneurship) and loving the things you do (Passion and Volunteerism)
  • rlimbanda: Economic Freedom http://bit.ly/5ZjpI1 <but onlyas measured in strict ‘Western’/neocon-style- definitions of ‘freedom’ – see criteria
  • thoughttrans: RT @copyblogger Reading: “The Secrets of the New Economy” – http://bit.ly/6Wfbm2 <so very true! <my own response is more like “Yes: and…?” – good start, but doesn’t actually change much – the same underlying errors are mostly still there
  • tetradian: in Guatemala City: watching the security-guard in the shopping-mall playing air-guitar on his shoulder-slung shotgun…

And the usual joyous miscellany:

  • oscarberg: Common sense needs to be told over and over again to remain common <agree – also needs context to apply it
  • EnterprisingA: Those who think listening is the most important part of conversation, probably think inhaling is the most important part of breathing
  • oscarberg: The good thing w applying version labels such as 2.0 on things is that they communicate need for change & progress
  • romancircus: ONLY 50 days left to raise £200k to save Britain’s only Roman Circus pls donate + RT http://www.romancircus.org
  • oscarberg: Transparency can be scary if you have secrets to keep. Think twice before you create any + make sure 2 have morally good reasons // Transparency & authenticity goes hand in hand. Be authentic & you have nothing to fear (anti-pattern: Tiger Woods)
  • tetradian: @oscarberg “the advantage of telling the truth is that you don’t have to remember anything” (Mark Twain, I think?)
  • noreenahertz: Interesting insight “Real time is the new prime time”.
  • SAlhir: “You never know how strong you are… Until being strong is the only choice you have.”

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