A great question this morning from Australian enterprise-architect Mike Aikins (@AussiMike): Noted some of your comments recently on how you feel more of a facilitator than the creator of an EA when working with a client. Question is how relevant/important …

How much should an enterprise-architect know and do? Read more »

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There’s been a long-running thread on LinkedIn about the purpose of enterprise-architecture. Started by Kevin Smith of Pragmatic EA fame, the aim was to provide the shortest-possible summary of the business-purpose for EA. For a long while most of the …

People-skills – the forgotten EA skillset? Read more »

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[A great LinkedIn conversation with Bala Somasundaram came back to the question of how we describe the role of enterprise-architecture – especially in large organisations – and how we differentiate it from other enterprise-wide disciplines such as strategy, quality, change-management, …

Positioning EA in the enterprise Read more »

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Listening to a podcast with Patti Anklam on the InMagic social-knowledge website – ‘Today’s collaboration imperative: a podcast with Patti Anklam‘ – reminded me of her previous posts some months back on the ‘Three KMs’, three distinct layers of knowledge-management …

Big EA, Little EA and Personal EA Read more »

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This post is about enterprise-architecture and business-architecture, but we’ll first need a brief diversion into some of the territory of the previous few posts. (Note: I’m using the term ‘enterprise’ here in the same sense as the IEEE-1471 standard, to mean …

The absurdity of belief Read more »

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(Following up on the furore from my previous post – somewhat tongue-in-cheek, of course, but with a serious point.) After Dave Snowden started accusing everyone – especially me – of ‘pseudoscience’ and ‘psychobabble’ – I began to worry. What if …

Is Cynefin a cult? Read more »

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