A week in Tweets: 2-8 May 2010

The weekly collation back again: same time, same channel, same categories, same ‘Read more…’ link.

Enterprise-architecture, business-architecture, business-strategy and other business-matters:

  • oscarberg: As more people are driven by intrinsic motivation at work, their work environment will be increasingly important < #bizarch #entarch // Problem w mgmt relying 100% on extrinsic rewards to motivate workforce: they don’t understand value of employee engagement
  • tetradian: RT @SAlhir: Values, Vision, and ultimately Purpose is a profound basis for connectedness and community #wisdom2conf <also for orgs, #entarch
  • Kallokain: @tetradian @SAlhir Re Values, vision, purpose: One company uses the slogan “many different values, one goal”. Predictable result: messy
  • tetradian: @Kallokain @SAlhir agreed – that’s why it’s *really* important that we don’t use a goal as a vision – see http://bit.ly/13xBGd
  • tetradian: <post> ‘Enterprise architecture on purpose’ (blog-post on my slidedeck from the TOGAF Rome conf) http://bit.ly/d3aYzG #entarch #bizarch
  • CreatvEmergence: Sextuple bottom line in new business paradigm: People, Profit, Planet, Passion, Purpose, Play <agree #entarch #bizarch
  • tetradian: New book launched: “Everyday Enterprise-Architecture: sensemaking, strategy, structures and solutions” http://bit.ly/aTNBLc
  • business_design: RT @sniukas: Prezi on Strategic Innovation, Blue Ocean Strategy & Business Model Innovation http://ow.ly/1qwGHy #bmgen <very useful summary – recommended
  • kdierc: RT @gotze: Gartner: Blended enterprise architecture on the way CNET News http://bit.ly/9QOBHg <is #itarch, not #entarch, but still relevant for that purpose
  • DavidGurteen: RT @kdelarue: “We need human solutions to human problems.” Also from John Seddon, http://www.vimeo.com/4670102 <video: ‘organisational madness’: John Seddon explains why targets make organisations worse and controlling costs makes costs higher
  • rettema: Generative (Uncopyable) Business Values that cant be FREE http://digg.com/d1MAGd #BMGEN ##entarch #bizarch <interesting essay: suggested values (actually value-proposition factors) are immediacy, personalisation, interpretation, authenticity, accessibility, embodiment, patronage, findability
  • BeyondEA: Enterprise Architecture – A Balancing Act more than anything else http://bit.ly/at8PmL #EntArch <importance of “keeping the lights on” etc, in balance with innovation
  • kdierc: RT @RSessions So then simple + complexity + complexity = chaos. Complex – complexity = simple. (over simplified, of course!) <another instalment in the long-running battle with Roger Sessions, who insists that ‘complexity’ is exactly synonymous with ‘very complicated’!
  • kdierc: RT @RSessions My current definitions for complexity terminology. http://bit.ly/ccoKsm <interesting IT-centric view of complexity – I disagree quite strongly with some of this, because it leads to dangerous term-hijacks beyond any IT-only context, but I guess it’s valid enough if you never move outside of IT
  • chrisdpotts: RT @neilwd: Note to #ibm: don’t make the links between strategy, process and execution look too much like machinery. Businesses != machines #ibmimpact
  • greblhad: Metaframework (“the framework about frameworks”), metamodel (“the model about models), metadata (“the data about data”) <exactly – the ‘meta’ recursion in architecture etc
  • greblhad: In TOGAF9 Organization specific architectures should be Enterprise specific architectures. <not sure I agree with that – perhaps because I have a broader usage of the term ‘enterprise’
  • tetradian: New book: “Everyday Enterprise-Architecture: sensemaking, strategy, structures and solutions” (updated file) http://bit.ly/asJAvi #entarch
  • CreatvEmergence: Problem Focus / Outcome Focus / Emergence Focus – http://bit.ly/aSrptH <useful also for #entarch etc
  • thoughttrans: SlideShare: A Technologist’s Guide To Performing & Surviving In The New World http://slidesha.re/avnnAr <useful, practical – first 40 or so pages of Pat Ferdinandi’s new e-book ‘Parrotology’
  • kdierc: RT @bmichelson Slideshare: 6 Secrets of Successful SOA http://bit.ly/cFa7zS #soa <<excellent <is real #entarch/#bizarch, not IT
  • Bonifer: Don’t make it up. Make it real. Then deal with it http://bit.ly/c8HPPA #gamechangers <agility needs more architecture, not less – very good points re application of improv principles to business
  • DavidGurteen: ‘Age of Measurement’ harming schools, says Eton head – at http://bit.ly/9JsRMT <depressing – describes yet another example of the out-of-control measurement-fallacy…
  • toddbiske: Very thought provoking article on connected textbooks from the O’Reilly radar.  http://oreil.ly/cSuxaw <present and future of textbook-publishing on the iPad and beyond
  • business_design: Nice slide-deck by Giselle Della Mea, who repackaged and interpreted our #bmgen material (in Spanish) http://bit.ly/axF218 <very useful for my Spanish-speaking colleagues in Latin-America!
  • oscarberg: RT @newsycombinator: From Zero to a Million Users – Dropbox and Xobni Lessons Learned http://bit.ly/d6OFxR <v.useful #bizarch
  • oscarberg: “Suddenly the business case for being an ethical, non-polluting business seems all the stronger” http://bit.ly/cZ5ZIw /via @GeorgeDearing <another useful comment on the BP spill and its ongoing aftermath, with v.important implications for #entarch and #bizarch etc
  • business_design: ! RT @umairh: key to earning trust is not trying to sell anything to anyone. to get there, you have to not have to sell anything to anyone.
  • business_design: Take time to think about your strategy RT @vpsingh: Need Speed? Slow Down – Harvard Business Review: http://bit.ly/azF3xB via @addthis <operational speed vs. strategic speed: reminds me of the old Roman proverb ‘festina lente’ – ‘make haste slowly’ 🙂
  • By @chrisdpotts: ‘Tools for leading business change’ [PDF] http://bit.ly/1ljlSN <insightful questions on Web 2.0 & leadership #e20 #entarch
  • CreatvEmergence: Push, Pull, Predictability & Uncertainty http://bit.ly/a50DC7 (via @jobsworth @Cocreatr @goonth @openworld @EskoKilpi) <very nice build on Hagel, Brown Davison’s ‘The Power of Pull’, cross-linking it to the irrational quest for predictability in inherently-uncertain business-contexts
  • mentoraxis: Summary of talk by Microsoft architect on their new Architecture and Planning Framework. http://bit.ly/dhAGen #in #entarch <looks good – nothing like as IT-centric as I’d expected
  • greblhad: RT @scottwambler Some thoughts about agile and enterprise architecture http://tinyurl.com/27lwngb <strong recommend #entarch – solid, pragmatic, non-IT-centric approach to EA from one of the leading figures in Agile software-development
  • toddbiske: New blog post: Enterprise Architecture Must Assist Delivery http://www.biske.com/blog/?p=782 <good points on what and how EAs deliver value to the business (particularly Phase F and G, for TOGAFers)
  • CreatvEmergence: Breakthroughs happen at the Edge of Chaos: http://bit.ly/96lASJ <the ‘Chaos’ theme needs more exploration in #entarch, #bizarch etc..
  • ChristineArena: ‘Shell sets the context’ http://bit.ly/awlvPd <vital, well-observed example of engaging with anti-clients #entarch
  • via tonyrestell: weijiblog http://weijiblog.com/ “weiji – (noun) crisis – comprising the symbols for w?i (danger) and j? (opportunity / crucial point)” – a really nice balanced model (in blog-format) for risk/opportunity assessment
  • greblhad: Which situation is most common? Having technology searching for business model or having business model searching for technology. <my opinion? definitely the former – technology hunting for a business-model
  • CreatvEmergence: The 7 Creative powers – http://post.ly/f1OZ – via @maverickwoman <excellent slidedeck by Martin Leith, a long-time master of large-group interventions (or I presume it’s the same person, anyway)
  • adrianrcampbell: “About natural language, EA Meta-Modelling and Archimate…” http://bit.ly/8Xzmrq <nice… modelling for #entarch
  • business_design: Design Thinking RT @michaeldila: My latest SlideShare upload: The Design of Business – Roger Martin @rotmanschool http://slidesha.re/csMfVM <brief and practical – includes nice visual summary of Cynefin-like categorisations
  • oscarberg: “We develop people, the byproducts are vehicles” – heard from someone at Scania, Swedish Truck Manufacturer <yes! #entarch
  • SAlhir: Micro-Strategies http://www.newincite.com/marketing-strategy/strategic-planning-micro-strategies/ <actually sounds remarkably like an enterprise-architecture development/delivery cycle…

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

  • unorder: Ultimate Guide to anecdote circles http://www.scribd.com/doc/8946645 <much-valued resource for narrative-#km
  • oscarberg: If you don’t practice it frequently, you tend to forget the value of collaboration
  • CreatvEmergence: Diff. bet. armchair changemakers & active changemakers: latter reflects an inner authority that emerges from depth of practice
  • BillIves: via @GeorgeDearing: Does Leadership Change in a Web 2.0 World?  @HarvardBiz http://bit.ly/cZMvKy > it should IMO <“Real leadership requires relationships and personal engagement. Nothing I see in technology has yet to replace these qualities. I believe that technology will enable new business models, but not ‘new leadership’.” – agreed
  • CreatvEmergence: @getstoried’s http://www.psfk.com/2010/05/lessons-in-brand-and-social-media-storytelling.html via @PSFK <exactly what the link says – a useful set of lessons-learned and guidelines for brand and social-media storytelling
  • unorder: In our mentoring program we are finding that focussing on the verb ‘mentoring’ is more productive that concentrating on the noun ‘mentor.’ // Good #mentoring requires good listening, good questions, good stories and a real desire to help the kouhai. <’kouhai’ is a Japanese term for ‘mentee’, but without the implied ‘master/subordinate’ relationship of the latter
  • CreatvEmergence: RT @futurescape: Story Beginnings, Middles, and Ends Help Us Make Sense of Organizational Chaos http://bit.ly/dz9Jpv <points to great 3min video by Terrence Gargiulo on ‘discombobulation’ (working with natural chaos) at http://www.vimeo.com/11369444
  • DavidGurteen: We need a better way of working http://bit.ly/9NXDHa <HBR piece challenging the delusional ‘productivity myth’ that longer hours equals better productivity
  • unorder: Reducing arseholes in the workplace. Mentoring helps. http://www.anecdote.com.au/archives/2010/05/reducing_arseho.html

Social-media, ‘enterprise 2.0’ and on-line collaboration:

  • oscarberg: To become a natural work environment, an intranet must be more than a self-service tool. It needs to be inhabited by people. // Most intranets are built in the (wrong) assumption that a few can manage all the information needed by the many // Most intranets are built on the (wrong) assumption that all info employees need can be organized in a hierarchy
  • hebsgaard: (Gartner’s Andrea DiMaio) Australia Beats the US Again on Government 2.0 #gov20 http://bit.ly/c2ZvxU <government #entarch etc
  • oscarberg: When Was the Last Time Your Intranet Empowered Anyone? http://bit.ly/bxXHRm #e20 #AIIM <really constructive example  from Booz Allen
  • oscarberg: RT @rotkapchen:RT @bduperrin ‘Inspiration from th past for Enterprise 2.0’ http://ow.ly/1HUiN <Taylorism has its uses in #e20
  • hebsgaard: Implementing Enterprise 2.0 at Océ Part Five: Lessons Learned and Future Plans http://tinyurl.com/2aamd2l <xref to #entarch – “Enterprise 2.0 is really about people and concepts not technology”

Technical-architecture, software-architecture and related matters:

  • bartleeten: The future of corporate IT [PDF] http://j.mp/axSxwk <useful overview of current trends in #itarch #itmgmt etc

Society, culture and business-social-responsibility:

  • SAlhir: We must hold our values core; that is, core values. We must leverage and live them. What do you value? Does it have universal benefit? // We must hold our cause noble; that is, noble cause. We must align with it. We must align-on and aspire-to it. In-service-of!Unversl benefit! // Integration focuses on agreement among individuals and collectives. Purges often follow from integration and agreement. // Appreciation focuses on alignment among individuals and collectives. Unity often follows from appreciation and alignment. // Always balance diversity with unity of purpose.
  • tetradian: <post> ‘Mythquake’ (an Introduction to an unfinished book) http://bit.ly/cOBIsa #society #culture #change
  • tetradian: <post> ‘MQ-1: Everyday upsets’ (part of the #Mythquake series) http://bit.ly/9ZVd26 #society #culture #change
  • CreatvEmergence: RT @fastcompany: Biomimicry Challenge: TOA Uses Fungi to Reimagine Sustainable Neighborhood http://su.pr/5h50P1 <very nice description of work by a Mexico City architectural practice
  • alphalo: Where ecology meets social structures http://bit.ly/cqwEx0 Great essay <includes good crosslinks to permaculture etc

The marvels that that are the miscellanea:

  • rettema: Found Aerosnap http://twurl.nl/h1bqx3 a tool that simulates windows 7 window snapping on windows xp.
  • CreatvEmergence: The creative source is the riddle and the riddler all at once <nicely put…
  • CreatvEmergence: RT @greggfraley – When you hit the Creative Wall, put on the Creative Coat –  http://tinyurl.com/34l6o2k <nice innovation warm-up exercise
  • CreatvEmergence: RT @RevezNexus – Creativity, the Brain, and Evolution – http://bit.ly/aVjVx0 <psychology and physiology re locus of creativity within the brain
  • CreatvEmergence: The constraints of Twitter invite us to make the complex simple, and the simple elegant
  • CreatvEmergence: Highly Sensitive People, brain activity, and noticing subtleties – http://bit.ly/dgiGFW <interesting neuro-anatomy/brain-scan stuff again
  • mikejwalker: Might possibly be one of the funniest commercials for Minivan owners…Swagger Wagon! http://bit.ly/aVzXxu <is actually a fun advert for a change 🙂 – from Toyota USA, in this case
  • unorder: The power of the Pentatonic Scale – http://vimeo.com/5732745 <lovely! – Bobby McFerrin at the World Science Festival 2009 – note also the question at the end: “to put it scientifically, what the heck just happened here?” 🙂
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