Category: Complexity / Structure

Structure, operation and modelling of large organisations

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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Push or pull? – two views of enterprise

For digital-transformation, what’s the difference between ‘push’ and ‘pull’? And where and how does enterprise-story come into the picture? At first, these questions might seem more about marketing and suchlike than about ‘digital’ as such – yet the reality is

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Making sense of complexity: A reframe for SCAN

What’s a simple way to make sense of complexity? For me, the go-to tool for this is SCAN – a visual-checklist to map out uncertainty and complexity relative to a given moment or given action: SCAN has been around for almost

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What is enterprise? What is architecture?

What the heck is ‘enterprise-architecture’? Why are there are so many arguments on this, so many conflicting opinions? Perhaps a key clue is in the fact that there is so much argument about this? And that maybe the best way to

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Dump the financial incentives!

If you want to understand what our enterprise-architecture disciplines really need to be able to address, take a good long look at the healthcare context. Complexity of every possible kind: whole-of-system interactions, interweaving lifecycles, the urgent mixed in with the long-term –

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Confirming the direction

Yeah, it’s been a while since I wrote anything new here… – kind of overdue for Normal Service Will Be Resumed and all that…? But yes, I am still here, still working, still pushing onward. And gratified to see that, yes,

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