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Why the ‘why’ matters

In any real-world practice, why do we need to explain the ‘why’ as much as the ‘how’ and ‘with-what’? Here’s a first-hand answer to that question… Way back when (almost half a century ago: yikes…), I took a school-vacation job

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Governance is not an end in itself

What’s the point of governance? What is its role in enterprise-architecture, or anything else, for that matter? Is it anything more than the dreaded ‘architecture police’ – governance for governance’s sake? These questions came up for me in a passing

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Reflecting on EA Masterclass

Back in England after my ‘EA Masterclass’ series in Australia, seems it might be useful to reflect a bit on where this ‘whole-of-enterprise’ approach to enterprise-architecture is going. So let’s reiterate a bit, because yes, it’s different from what we might

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Selling EA – 4: Proving value, and pricing

How do we ‘sell’ enterprise-architecture? What’s it worth, in terms of value, and of price? What could or should we charge for our work? This series is a bit of ‘thinking aloud’ about our work, and how we apply our

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Selling EA – 3: What and how

How do we ‘sell’ enterprise-architecture? How do we explain what it is that we do – and why we do it? This series started as a bit of ‘thinking aloud’ about work, and how we apply our work, and how

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Selling EA – 2: The value-proposition

How do we ‘sell’ enterprise-architecture? What’s the story, the value-proposition? This series started as a bit of ‘thinking aloud’ about work, and how we apply our work, and how we could perhaps make our work a bit more immediately meaningful

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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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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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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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Not so wicked

Are we looking at wicked-problems in the wrong way? Does the term itself mislead us about how to work with them? Perhaps more to the point, should we be describing them as ‘wicked’ at all? Would another term be a

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