A week in Tweets: 3-9 Jan 2010

Another week gone past, running late again… usual collection, usual categories, perhaps rather more than usual this time; the usual “after the ‘Read more…’ link, anyway.

Enterprise architecture, business-architecture and suchlike:

  • smbounds: Israeli airport security finds systemic aberrations (ie weird behavior) not specific threats – via @ChasLicc http://bit.ly/7rEKME <how to do it properly, and not waste everyone’s time with pointless ‘security theatre’
  • kvistgaard: Exploring a free online database of measures and Key Performance Indicators http://snipurl.com/tyear <looks useful for #entarch
  • oscarberg: ROI of time spent helping others, and performance reviews http://bit.ly/7gQwPx by @johnt <long but important #e20 #entarch
  • oscarberg: We get motivated by helping and getting help from our peers, but sometimes incentive models punish us for that // Not seeing & rewarding employees who help their colleagues kills employee engagement // The other side of employee empowerment & freedom is individual responsibility & discipline
  • hebsgaard: American Consumption and the New Normal http://bit.ly/63eoCE <important #bmgen #bizarch #entarch – value more than just price
  • hebsgaard: Northwest Flight 253’s Lessons for Leaders http://tinyurl.com/yht47r5 <great Rosabeth Moss Kanter article on HBR site
  • bartleeten:  Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Pursuing Passion http://icio.us/00tkpq <important – thought-provoking and practical #entarch #bizarch
  • SAlhir: “‘Adventure’ is discomfort in retrospect” http://bit.ly/7qpxOv <more good discussion on the media-industry reinventing itself #bmgen #bizarch
  • SAlhir: We Are Not a “Lost Generation”: “We Procrastinate when we’ve forgotten who we are.” http://bit.ly/3GzCYI <good point! – insightful article
  • SAlhir: RT @ajkeen: 2020 vision from @davidcushman http://bit.ly/5szSIO what becomes of the individual in Cushman’s “communities of purpose”? <I don’t understand @ajkeen’s question, but Cushman’s article is important #entarch #anarchist #e20
  • oscarberg: Blogged: Did you ever hear anyone shout “culture failure!”? http://bit.ly/7m6dIN <using process/tech to avoid facing culture
  • (via @oscarberg) Wired: Bruce Mau on ‘massive change’ and design-thinking http://bit.ly/4v3oWC <read this! essential for #entarch #bizarch
  • SAlhir: Resilience, beyond mere Agility “Resilience in the Face of Crisis” http://bit.ly/tpIk by @cascio via @frankspencer @VenessaMiemis <Fast Company article: good summary of resilience themes in design #entarch etc
  • ObjectMmgtGroup: ‘Business Architecture: Missing Link between Business Strategy & Enterprise Architecture’ http://bit.ly/4QSqu3 <huh? this is still thought of as ‘new’?? in 2010???
  • chrisbrogan: http://www.chrisbrogan.com/how-we-make-businesses-these-days/
  • SAlhir: Talent + Culture x Extreme Customer Focus = Success RT @AwesomelySimple: The John Spence Formula for Business Success http://bit.ly/5xJmze
  • kdierc: RT @bgurley: Android or iPhone?  Wrong Question http://bit.ly/6n9tab <key difference is business-model #bmgen #bizarch #entarch
  • business_design: Excellent! RT @Gert_S: @Sundelin For an even fuller Android view combine this with his @bgurley ‘s earlier sublime post http://bit.ly/8ETSIN
  • business_design: Must-read item by one of my idols, CK Prahalad, on “The Responsible Manager”: http://bit.ly/4ZeZyg I met him 2 months ago… amazing…
  • (via @davidsprott) Andrea Meyer: ‘Protecting Innovation from Corporate Antibodies’ http://bit.ly/4JZT6M <use same advice in #entarch etc
  • chrisbrogan: How we make businesses these days: Think. Sketch, Execute. Revise. http://www.chrisbrogan.com/how-we-make-businesses-these-days/
  • thoughttrans: RT @ellengott: Drucker exercise http://bit.ly/5P14XO for #agile team chartering, team inter-dependencies <also #entarch
  • oscarberg: Gaining insights is one thing, putting them to practice a completely different thing // As businesses gain insight into what the current communication shift means, they will need creative input to transform their practices
  • thoughttrans: SBDi Tip Post: Don’t Make It About You http://bit.ly/88sidv #in #e20 #bizarch <same applies to whole enterprise #entarch
  • greblhad: The best #entarch is the #entarch that gets done
  • business_design: RT @Sundelin: RT @sniukas: 25 ways to reinvent your business – part 1 http://ow.ly/TlgE <useful #bmgen series
  • business_design: RT @HelenWalters: @fredcollopy Step back to step forward http://bit.ly/78SdhE <embodied metaphor for #designthinking
  • rlimbanda: RT @jorgebarba Purpose Before Goals http://ff.im/-dUTfT <example is project-level, but applies even more at big-picture #entarch #bizarch etc
  • Cybersal: RT @PeterKretzman: “Must-read books on the human factors of IT..pt 1 the 70s” http://bit.ly/8YyNgw Me:esp.Mythical Man-Month
  • tetradian: <post> “Positioning EA in the enterprise” http://bit.ly/4OC85a #entarch #bizarch #km
  • oscarberg: Blogged: Winning with employee engagement http://goo.gl/fb/GuCW <strong recommend #entarch #bizarch #e20
  • hebsgaard: Paul Gillin: Social Media: The Small Business Owner’s Unfair Advantage #socialmedia http://www.shoptab.net/blog/social-media-the-small-business-owners-unfair-advantage/ <small businesses compete on almost equal footing with large ones in social-media
  • business_design: Bold statement by Roger Martin – true? Why Most CEOs Are Bad at Strategy #HBR http://bit.ly/6GzUVl via @vpsingh <reference to design-thinking in relation to strategy
  • thoughttrans: RT @ellengott RT @cioinsight 8 Things Business Hates About IT-IT Mgmt http://retwt.me/1Lrez <It’s what I hear from biz execs ALL THE TIME! <good summary of business/IT conflicts
  • EnterprisingA: #rebadged (6) Don’t call it finally listening to the business and giving them what they actually want. Call it IT/Business Alignment!
  • oscarberg: “How The Mobile Internet Could Change Everything” http://twitthis.com/kz5www via @letterpress_se <interesting, esp. about scale of use of mobiles in non-Western countries
  • hebsgaard: Jevon MacDonald: Organizational Design for Social Business http://tinyurl.com/yecpem2 <useful for #bizarch
  • AussiMike: I often hear …this TOGAF stuff is really obvious….like all crafts the tools are often simple, even crude, the art is in the application <agree – also simplicity condenses/avoid an awful lot of unnecessary ‘complicated’ #entarch
  • pauljansen: Frankenstein thought a human was just an assembly of parts. Some believe same goes for enterprises. I do not. #entarch // Leadership in 2010 will be less about command and getting a grip, and more about facilitating and letting go. #km #e20
  • greblhad: One man’s standard another man’s shackles <good point – is especially relevant to reference-models etc in #entarch
  • business_design: Got students to visually sketch a business model (here an example of the traditional music industry) #vizthink #bmgen http://post.ly/HgYg
  • oscarberg: RT @deb_lavoy: john seddon – why targets make organizations worse: http://vimeo.com/4670102 <strong recommend #entarch #bizarch #systemsthinking
  • business_design: Blogpost The Music Industry (part I) – what’s broken http://bit.ly/4YQCG7 <useful example of #bmgen analysis #bizarch
  • oscarberg: You need to change perspective all the time to see & keep seeing the complete / big picture // changing perspectives suggests multiple models – different aspects, abstraction levels, granularity, visual language, scope… <essential advice for #entarch
  • oscarberg: Employee engagement – model http://bit.ly/5xfyQ, capture content&interactions http://bit.ly/68YrVl, measure http://bit.ly/7EQj0p /via @LLiu
  • business_design: Nice visualization of dvdfly.com’s business model (the Swiss equivalent to Netflix) http://post.ly/Hl3X
  • rlimbanda: US Gov as Model for Software Architecture Group http://www.devx.com/architect/Article/43676 <also works for as model for #entarch
  • SAlhir: Last decade: Lean+Agile+Competitive & Individual=>Collective. Next decade: Transformation+Resilience & Collectives=>Ecosystems <especially relevant to #entarch #bizarch
  • tetradian: <post> “People-skills – the forgotten EA skillset?” http://bit.ly/5IA5sJ
  • SAlhir: RT @peterkim: Organizational Design in Social Business (via @jevon/@dachisgroup) http://bit.ly/6ASLtv <practical, esp. for #bizarch also #entarch #e20
  • SAlhir: RT @PaulSloane: How to spot a disruptive innovation – it starts out looking like a toy http://ping.fm/sir7T <good point…

A brief discussion on enterprise-architecture in the public sector:

  • rettema: Starting today to setup a business case for several EA proposals in public sector. Anyone suggestions for spcific public sector paragraphs?
  • tetradian: @rettema public sector EA (1) focus on delivered end-value (social outcomes) – a focus on money emphasises spurious ‘efficiency’ over value // (2) emphasise that IT is an enabler within the whole – need to work with the whole, not just IT (Archimate will help to show this) // (3) public-sector is often near-paranoid about risk: show how EA helps to manage risk, esp. in contexts where risk is inevitable
  • rettema: @tetradian Tx, do you know if frameworks like FEAF or others address business cases or the aspects that you mention ?
  • tetradian: @rettema FEAF is only about cost (Clinger-Cohen) – try http://www.nascio.org/ for other US-govt business-cases (though mostly still only IT) // also see my books (esp. ‘Real EA’, ‘Doing EA’, ‘Service-Oriented Enterprise’) for whole-system frameworks http://tetradianbooks.com // re agency delivered-value as anchor for EA see use of ‘results logic’ diagrams in Aus public-sector e.g. http://bit.ly/4JVdax [PDF]
  • rettema: @tetradian Setlabs briefing – many business analysis approaches in their. However not specific for public sector http://twurl.nl/fs18mm
  • rettema: Strategic Outline Plan for best practices for public sector http://bit.ly/7KUjhq
  • rettema: A 26p business case for public sector http://bit.ly/5FL76m of cabinetoffice

Another brief discussion on systems-thinking in relation to whole-of-enterprise architecture, triggered by some thoughts about the ‘underpants bomber’:

  • oscarberg: CIA failure to stop Nigerian pants bomber should be attributed to culture failure, not process or tech failure // No process can consider all information within an enterprise. Only connected employee community can do that
  • tetradian: @oscarberg CIA failure is typical of orgs that rely on process or tech as a means to avoid tackling real culture-issues
  • oscarberg: @tetradian yes. Put too much trust in process & technology -> people leave their brains & sense of responsibility at home // it’s much more convenient to blame process & systems than culture & people // I know a successful large business w far from perfect processes & systems, but that thrives due to its culture & people // A process is simply a series of predictable activities – how can anyone rely on a process to do the unpredictable?
  • tetradian: @oscarberg is over-faith in the ‘predictability’ of tech – tech provides illusion of certainty, preferable to messiness of dealing w people // dealing with real-people is *hard*, but it works – relying on tech looks like the easy option, even if we know it doesn’t work.. // over-reliance on tech is combination of laziness, fear of honesty with other people, and a very special kind of stupidity // (dunno if you saw article on Israeli air-security http://bit.ly/7rEKME but it seems to be people-oriented process that works)
  • hebsgaard: Enterprise 2.0: Totally Unacceptable #socialmedia #e20 http://bit.ly/7uf10u <Dennis Howell on airline security and analogies with Enterprise 2.0
  • oscarberg: RT @johnt RT @bduperrin: Preventing the Terrorist Attack: Massive Failure in Collaboration http://bit.ly/6Q15Jj // Are US intelligence agencies working together to find the needles in the haystack, or are they building the haystack?

And another brief discussion drawing on a post of mine that transcribes Patti Anklam’s model of ‘the Three KMs’ into the enterprise-architecture context:

  • tetradian: <post> ‘Big EA, Little EA and Personal EA’ (comparing EA with knowledge-management) http://bit.ly/55sOvp #entarch #km
  • Cybersal: @tetradian: Some good stuff in yr post comparing EA with KM, but not much about design element of EA? http://bit.ly/55sOvp #entarch #km..
  • tetradian: @Cybersal true, but aim of post was only to explore parallels with @panklam’s ‘3 KMs’ (also KMers don’t do much system-design! 🙂 )
  • Cybersal: @tetradian agree about parallels. Not sure I would say that EA is a subset of KM though, more like an overlapping ‘meta-discipline’
  • tetradian: @Cybersal agreed, ‘overlapping meta-discipline’ is a more accurate term – but try explaining that to most execs! 🙂 (especially IT-execs..)

And yet another brief discussion on enterprise-architecture, starting from a question by Brenda Michelson:

  • bmichelson: ? to: @tetradian @davidsprott @richardveryard @cybersal agreeing that business architecture is not new, do you see BA regularly… // … practiced as first class EAcitizen in organizations today? // and if so, is busarch practice broader than Bus. Process Modeling & Business Use Case?
  • tetradian: @bmichelson BA as 1st-class citizen for EA? most ‘EA’ still seems to be IT-centric or IT-only, but slow recognition of need for busarch // BA practice? most IT-‘EAs’ follow TOGAF (i.e. everything not-IT is ‘BA’), usually includes some strategy, some ‘manual’ procs… // ..my practice starts EA above BA, at whole-of-enterprise, then business-model/operating-model/strategy etc as BA below that. // (IT is then just one of a suite of enablers, all viewed as services – see ‘Service Oriented Enterprise’, http://bit.ly/4G3LI )
  • bvanzomeren: @tetradian so Enterprise=Business+Enablers (one of which is IT); where in your model is the IT, facilitating the non-IT enablers?
  • tetradian: @bvanzomeren if everything is modelled as services (eg. as per Archimate), IT services link to non-IT services (eg. manual process) // IT has no special place in the scheme – it’s just a set of services, like everything else… // …consistent service-interfaces enable switching b/w IT-based and manual services in eg. disaster-recovery // (we developed/used this in AustraliaPost, for where same nominal services might be implemented multiple ways – IT, manual, m/c)
  • bvanzomeren: @tetradian thank you. how does this relate to the togaf adm?
  • tetradian: @bvanzomeren std TOGAF ADM (BA, ISA, ITIA) is one of many poss. vertical slices through whole-of-enterprise model – see http://bit.ly/LZT2r // (also ‘enterprise’ extends beyond business – see ‘What is an enterprise?’ on Slideshare at http://bit.ly/8wWNSq )
  • bvanzomeren: @tetradian thanks again. I will take some time to digest the ideas. it is definitely more subtle than “everything non-it = business”

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

  • tebbo: RT @gurteenquotes “Knowledge can only be volunteered; it can never be conscripted.” Dave Snowden #quote http://bit.ly/182dA3 > Old but good <too many orgs forget this fact…
  • unorder: New post: Three ways to make your strategy stick. http://www.anecdote.com.au/archives/2010/01/three_ways_to_m.html
  • unorder: RT @Jim_Croft: ‘Accuracy, Brevity, Clarity’ – gotta love .au’s #ABC http://bit.ly/4Y6tHW <importance of naming / descriptors
  • business_design: A crucial skill – the art of listening – slidecast http://bit.ly/8Z160A
  • SAlhir: RT @zenext: do not get attached to any single story, every story is just one story of many possible stories <apply to #entarch #e20?
  • DavidGurteen: Australian Army Knowledge Management http://bit.ly/61H1UI <is only summary, not detail, but interesting nonetheless

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

  • hebsgaard: Employee Engagement – a Core Goal of Enterprise 2.0 Adoption ? #e20 http://tinyurl.com/yeluq5p <strong recommend #entarch
  • oscarberg: From superficial to deep networking – my blog posting on re-thinking social networking http://tinyurl.com/y8mp9h8 by @jhagel > important <applies to #e20 #bizarch #flowchain etc
  • jdevoo: for org values and culture for successful #e20, found post on Art of Collaboration http://bit.ly/5ovoNd <old but still useful
  • DavidGurteen: RT @km4dev: How To Use KPIs in Knowledge Management http://bit.ly/5w9fa8 #km <also useful xref for KPIs in #entarch
  • hebsgaard: RT @chrisgarrett RT @chris_bailey: 8 Things to Avoid When Building a Community http://bit.ly/5v0Hen <useful overview though not much detail
  • hebsgaard: Enterprise 2.0: it’s not about people it’s about process. Part 1 #e20 #erp – refreshing reading http://bit.ly/61GEso <sounds daft until we realise it’s Dennis Howell, who does know what he’s talking about – interesting…
  • oscarberg: “Technology, the intranet, and employee productivity” by @tobyward http://kuex.us/5c5d (via @wacka) <useful summary of the trade-offs of Enterprise 2.0 – especially productivity-drains vs productivity-gains
  • oscarberg: RT @k_kristensen: @amcafee: Future of Decision Making: Less Intuition, More Evidence http://bit.ly/8H5ySe <McAfee’s IT-centrism hits at another wrong target – no allowance for near-unique events, assumption that IT can substitute for all experience – oh no, not again…
  • RT @hebsgaard: Enterprise 2.0: it’s not about people it’s about process. Part 2 #e20 http://tinyurl.com/y8esd5l <recommend, also #entarch (note also reference to Sig Rinde and Thingamy – important for methods to handle Barely Repeatable Processes)
  • oscarberg: Blogged: Illustration: My (primary) social media flow explained http://goo.gl/fb/Hgve <useful summary of one [key] person’s online ecosystem
  • rettema: Enterprise 2.0 Elements – FLATNESSES http://slidesha.re/7kVZ33 <very good Slideshare summary of the use of social-media in business-processes
  • oscarberg: RT @johnhusband RT @johnt Naturally forming CoPs as example of KM w/o the M part http://icio.us/3pztwr <recommend #km #entarch
  • DavidGurteen: How Chris Brogan Came to Love Google Wave http://bit.ly/6ng4iq

Technology-architecture and technology in general:

  • rlimbanda: RT @jberkowitz Enterprise systems: “Time to stop the madness”- http://is.gd/5Ovoe #erp #crm #cio > Read It. Now.
  • bartleeten: Enterprise Architecture Today and Tomorrow – A&G Magazine http://icio.us/vuapqt <IT-centrism again?
  • toddbiske: New blog post: IT Needs To Be More Advisory http://www.biske.com/blog/?p=736 <shifting the focus from design (fine-detail) to architecture (big-picture)
  • davidsprott: blogging the meaning of life and application modernization . . . http://tinyurl.com/ykw6gsj <useful summary of architectural principles for application-design
  • bartleeten: SEI – A Structured Approach for Reviewing [Software] Architecture Documentation http://icio.us/gjupbj

Corporate social responsibility and society in general:

  • business_design: Peepoople: A different kind of business model case study for my break-out sessions… forces biz people to think out of the box http://bit.ly/5sZt2n <sanitation in urban slums – real business-model challenges in distribution, logistics, partnering, monetization etc
  • jdevoo: http://carrotmob.org/ consumers reward responsible brands <from anti-clients to activist clients #entarch #bizarch #bmgen #csr
  • ChristineArena: RT @davidcoethica @elainecohen @annmcharles: Blog Post – We are all in the Human Being Business http://bit.ly/6DHSSk #csr <also direct impacts on #bizarch #entarch etc

And finally, some miscellaneous items at which to marvel:

  • tebbo: RT @davidgurteen How to Train the Aging Brain http://bit.ly/632o1N Scramble it before it self-scrambles. Good advice. Not that I need it…
  • oscarberg: RT @Quotes4Writers: “Being a good writer is 3% talent, 97% not being distracted by the internet.” Anonymous <ouch… too accurate…
  • SAlhir: RT @mikemyatt: Passion fuels commitment, which creates clarity of purpose & focus, which in turn leads to a certainty of execution. #Quote
  • oscarberg: Video: Complex Diagrams: How to Make Lasagna Instead of Spaghetti http://tumblr.com/xba5amjz1 <interesting but oddly difficult to follow…
  • rtolido: RT @leeprovost Hurry up. And wait. The case for slowness http://ow.ly/TaxY #slowtech <importance of pace, balance, reflection
  • smbounds: We live in a random world – but we are pattern-seeking creatures. Resolving this contradiction is called “life”.
  • oscarberg: Blog post: What to contribute: Thoughts of a blogger: A formal Thank You is in order for… http://goo.gl/fb/p9o5 /via @gyehuda <also embedded presentation has useful list of do’s/don’ts
  • business_design: RT @alaindebotton: Definition of good parenting: that the child grow up with no wish to become a writer.
  • SAlhir: RT @egobillot: essential difference between emotion & reason – emotion leads to action & reason leads to conclusions D Calne, neurologist <removing emotion from an enterprise results in inability to act…
  • DavidGurteen: How to Run a Meeting Like Google http://bit.ly/89Dw0R <BusinessWeek article from 2006, but still with very useful guidance
  • oscarberg: RT @JohnReaves: Our perception of time is based on the density of memory http://bit.ly/8f6myK <“focusing on our achievements rather than our goals makes time seem to pass more slowly”
  • gagan_s: Wow. RT @WarnerCrocker: Light Touch Pico Projector Turns Any Surface into Touch Screen http://ff.im/-e1lZn <‘wow’ indeed… 🙂
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