Category: Complexity / Structure

Structure, operation and modelling of large organisations

On Change-mapping – books and more

Our new book is out! – ‘Change-mapping: Connecting business tools to manage change‘. (‘Our’ because it was a collaborative effort between myself and designer Joseph Chittenden, who contributed not just the graphics and layout but much more besides… – huge

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On cults

What is a cult? What is it that underpins a cult? From where do cults gain their power? And how do the same principles apply within organisations? Over on Twitter, Mel Conway (of ‘Conway’s Law‘) asked this question: We all

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Building-blocks for a viable business-architecture

What’s the minimum that we need as a base for a viable business-architecture? That’s a shorter summary for a multi-part question recently sent to me by Chilean business-architect Richard Moira Lupin: What should a company have, what maturity, what capacity, what

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Things I learned while doing 24/7 eldercare

I’d been sort-of looking after my elderly mother for some years now – the whole of the past decade, probably, though more and more so over the years. Earlier this year it had reached the point where I couldn’t really

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On power

What is power? Where does it come from? Where does it go? Who has it? Who doesn’t have it? Who should have it? Who shouldn’t have it? And why? – or why not, for that matter – to any of those questions…? Perennial questions indeed, in just about

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EA in miniature – Part 4: Prototyping

At present, enterprise-architecture is most often used in mid- to larger-sized organisations, and still primarily focussed on IT. Yet what can we learn by applying the same methods to a one-person organisation and their enterprise, and to capabilities beyond IT

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EA in miniature – Part 3: Getting real

At present, enterprise-architecture is most often used for mid- to larger-sized organisations. Yet what can we learn by applying the same methods at the smallest scale – a one-person organisation and their enterprise? For this series, I’m using my own

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EA in miniature – Part 2: First steps

What does enterprise-architecture look like at the smallest scale – a one-person organisation and their enterprise? For this series, I’m using my own case as a worked-example. My work is in the enterprise of enterprise-architecture itself: so how do I

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EA in miniature – Part 1: Introduction

One of the core themes of my work is that enterprise-architecture principles and practices should apply in essentially the same way for every type of content or context, at every scope and scale. I’ve often written about EA at the very large

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Applications, work-instructions and business-continuity

For business-continuity after disruption or failure, what’s the first thing we’ll need? Answer: an alternative way to do things. For business-process redesign, what’s the first thing we’ll need? Answer: an alternative way to do things. In both cases, we’ll need

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