Selling EA – 1: What do EA clients want?

How do we ‘sell’ enterprise-architecture? To whom? For how much? And why? – where’s the value, for them, and for us? This started as just a bit of ‘thinking aloud’ about work, and my own place within it – though

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Knowing, doing, being

No particular start-point for this one – just one of those first-thing-in-the-morning insights, that’s all. But it might be useful to various folks, and also acts as another potentially-useful SCAN crossmap, too. In knowledge-management and process-management, there’s what’s known as

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Hypotheses, method and recursion

What methods do we need for experiment and research in enterprise-architecture and the like? Should and must we declare exactly what our hypothesis will be before we start? Those are some of the questions that Stephen Bounds triggered off for

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On value-governance

What do I mean, when I talk about ‘value-governance’ in an enterprise-architecture sense? In Enterprise Canvas, what does that ‘Value Governance’ cell represent? What do its services actually do, for the service, the organisation and the overall enterprise? This one’s for

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Price, value and Glasgow School of Art

If you want to understand the difference between price and value, look no further than the tragedy unfolding today in Glasgow: the Glasgow School of Art - Charles Rennie Mackintosh‘s great masterpiece of Art Nouveau - going up in flames. This Wikimedia photo gives

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On mass-uniqueness

How well does your system-design cope with something that doesn’t fit? And how can you design a system for a business-context of mass-uniqueness, where the likelihood of coming across something that doesn’t fit – maybe often – is not so much

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Form follows non-function

“Form follows function” – that’s what we were always taught at design-school. Yet is that actually true? I wonder… There was nothing in particular that triggered this one off: it was just one of those ‘first thing in the morning’

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Quick SCAN examples

A really nice SCAN challenge from Luc Taesch, in four parts, via Twitter: I need a ‘SCAN in 2mins’ simple explanation, for my CognitiveBias meetup I’d like to story tell a kid, discovering a topic, and going in the N

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Insights from #ogAMS

What’s the current state of mainstream enterprise-architecture? Where is it headed? I’ve just spent the past few days in and around the Open Group’s Amsterdam ‘summit’. (I say ‘in and around’ because I was there officially for just one of

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Enterprise Canvas for government regulator

A really nice quick-question from David Baxter: Can Enterprise Canvas be modified for use by a government regulator? The quick answer is, yes, of course – it’s a generic model for how services of any type interrelate with each other:

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