A call for collaboration on enterprise-architecture
Ever since I saw Alex Osterwalder’s brilliant business-architecture book Business Model Generation a few months back, it’s been obvious to me that we need something of the same clarity, simplicity and quality for the broader discipline of whole-of-enterprise architecture.
We all know that the lumbering behemoths like TOGAF and FEAF won’t do the job: they’re barely usable for IT-centric architectures, let alone a true whole-of-enterprise architecture, and they’re unreadable for a business-audience anyway. We need something simpler, that’s much easier to use, and looks good as well.
I believe I now have sufficient tools and frameworks and processes and the like to cover all of the key areas of whole-of-enterprise architecture, all the way from high-level strategy to detail-level execution. (Arrogant of me, I know… 🙂 ) What I need help on is testing a new integration between all of these items, making sure it all works, making it simpler, and then simpler again, and making sure that it will make sense for all of the different stakeholder-groups who’ll need to be involved in the architecture.
So I’m aiming to run a series of experimental one-day workshops on this over the next couple of months, to ask for your input and advice – much like Osterwalder did with his ‘Business Model Hub’ peer-group. That’ll help me a lot.
What you get out of this is a free workshop on the latest thinking in enterprise-architecture – far in advance of anything you’d get from any of the ‘big-name’ consultancies – and practical experience in how to apply it in your own work. You’ll also get priority on further developments – including toolsets to support all of this work.
Some examples of what would be covered in the workshop (and in the final book and the like) would include:
- how to map out the organisation’s extended-enterprise
- how to identify enterprise-values so that your business’s ‘value-propositions’ actually mean something to the market
- how to structure everything in the organisation around a true service-oriented architecture
- how to identify the pervasive-services you need within your organisation, so as to ensure alignment with the enterprise-values
- how to monitor ‘ability to do work’ within the organisation – and how to use that information to enhance enterprise effectiveness
- how to model all types of structures within the enterprise – not solely the structures of the enterprise-IT
- how to use architecture-maturity to guide the activities needed to enhance effectiveness at each stage
- how to link architecture to implementation, and strategy to execution
- how to leverage all existing investments in enterprise-architecture to expand outward to a whole-of-enterprise scope
I would aim to hold workshops on this in at least three different locations:
- London, probably mid- to late-June (perhaps 15 or 19 June, immediately before or after the IRM-UK Enterprise Architecture Conference?)
- Western Europe, probably early July (any appropriate date? in which city? – perhaps Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, Oslo?)
- US East Coast, probably mid-July (perhaps 18 July in Boston, immediately before the Open Group Enterprise Architecture Conference?)
(I could add other venues, including further afield, but if so I would need some help with flights and/or accommodation.)
So I’m looking for collaborators who could help me set this up and run it:
- suitable venue (including whiteboard, projector, printer, work-desks etc)
- somewhere to stay
- word-of-mouth advertising
- logistics-support (transport to/from the venue etc)
This is all exploratory, so keeping the costs to the minimum that would still ensure a good-quality result will really help.
If you’re interested, please get in touch with me as soon as possible, via comments here, via Twitter (@tetradian) or via email (tom , tetradian , com – insert ‘at’ and ‘dot’ in the respective places).