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An enterprise-architects’ mantra

Quick, brief and practical – three phrases that every enterprise-architecture should know by heart, and act on, too: “I don’t know… (but I know how to find out, or find someone who does)” “It depends… (and I know how to

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How do you think?

How do I think? How do I think, really? How do you think, exactly? How does anyone think – and describe their thinking? Especially about ‘big-picture’, often-abstract themes such as enterprise-architecture? Yeah, I’ve been struggling with this one a long time – a very

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IT-centrism and real-world enterprise-architecture

Is there an IT-based solution to every business problem? And is the IT-based solution always the most efficient and effective option? One of my more constant struggles in EA is to get supposed ‘enterprise architects’ to think about each context in its

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New – EA training-course

Yep, I’ve finally Got Round To It: I’ve created a full set of materials for an EA training-course, building on the whole-of-enterprise approach that I’ve championed all of these years. (Whole-of-enterprise, that is, in contrast to the arbitrarily-constrained IT-is-the-centre-of-everything approach

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Two SCAN notes – 2: Causal Layered Analysis

Regular readers of this blog will know I refer quite often to one of the core techniques in futures-studies, Sohail Inayatullah’s Causal Layered Analysis (CLA). But as of a couple of weeks ago, you won’t find any reference to it on

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Two SCAN notes – 1: Edges

The SCAN framework describes sensemaking and decision-making in terms of four distinct ‘domains’, by convention labelled as Simple, Complicated, Ambiguous and Not-known. But what happens at the edges? (The domains themselves are fairly distinct, anyway, in the sense that viable

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At Integrated-EA 2014

Always an interesting event, this one: Integrated-EA, the annual Defence-oriented enterprise-architecture conference in London that’s been a favourite part of my calendar for some years now. This time I was only able to go to the second day – I

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Healthcare and information-flow

If we seek to create ‘boundaryless information flow’ in a healthcare context, where is the centre around which that information revolves? And in a healthcare context – or others, for that matter – just how ‘boundaryless’ can, or should, information-flow ever

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Efficient, effective, convenient?

Is convenience even more fundamental to an enterprise than either efficiency or effectiveness? That’s the curve-ball that Nick Gall threw to me, in a comment on my earlier post ‘Efficient versus effective‘. It’s quite a long comment (and, unfortunately, quite

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Efficient versus effective (an addendum)

What is efficiency? From whose perspective? Just a quick follow-on to the previous post ‘Efficient versus effective‘, with a couple of insights that came up just after I’d published it. First is that the distinction between efficient and effective is often

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