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More on the ‘Why’ for new toolsets

As you may have noticed, I’ve been kinda struggling somewhat to fully explain the ‘Why’ behind all of this talk of ‘new toolsets for enterprise-architecture‘ and related disciplines. And then, out of the blue, via a reTweet from Phil Beauvoir

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From tools to toolset

Okay, I’ll admit to a certain amount of frustration here… Yes, I’ve been talking a lot about toolsets for enterprise-architecture and the like, the ‘Why’ for a new type of toolset, the workflows within which such toolsets would appear and

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Toolsets for associative modelling

Back on the toolsets theme, what’s the Why behind all this focus on a new type of toolset? Why won’t the existing toolsets do the job? In practice, the core concern is as per the previous post ‘Toolsets, pinball and un-dotting

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Tools and metatools

Meta-this-that-and-the-other – metamodels, metaframeworks, metamethodology, metatheory, even metatools? What is all this stuff about ‘meta-‘? And what is ‘meta-’, anyway? One answer is that it’s about a kind of recursion that we often need in our work, in which something is applied to

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More on theory and metatheory in EA

“Yes, we need theory in enterprise-architecture”, people will often say to me, “but which theory should it be? Should it be quantitative, everything defined in terms of metrics? Or should it be qualitative, and forget about metrics entirely? Which one

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Theory and metatheory in enterprise-architecture

What’s the role of theory in enterprise-architecture? Could there be such as thing as ‘the theory of enterprise-architecture’? Can we use that theory, for example, to separate useful EA models from useless ones? It seems that Nick Malik thinks so, as per

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Platform, toolset and tool

With all of this exploration on new toolsets for enterprise-architecture and the like, what exactly are we talking about here? Is the aim to create some kind of ‘super-tool’ or toolset that will do absolutely everything, all in one go –

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Toolsets, pinball and un-dotting the joins

What is enterprise-architecture, anyway? What’s it all about? Where does it add value to the enterprise? Kinda important questions for enterprise-architects, it would seem… Given that, then it seems it might be worthwhile to leverage some of those recent posts

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Declaring the assumptions

Moving onward with this exploration of how I’m reframing the way I work, a key part is around identifying the constraints of that work: where and how the tools work, and – perhaps even more important – being clear about

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And more on toolsets for EA

Delighted to see that the past couple of posts on toolsets for enterprise-architecture and suchlike have stirred-up quite a bit of interest. So let’s keep going, and see if we can make this happen for real. One thing that definitely

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