Tag: complexity

What What? and other taxonomic tangles

One of the huge challenges of trying to make things simple in a complex context is that often it can make at first make things seem more complicated. For a while, anyway, until things settle down a bit, and the

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Enterprise-architecture – a status-report

For me, the past couple of months or so has been somewhat of a whirl: keynotes and several other presentations at five conferences, a blur of small consultancy-gigs, maybe a dozen workshops, and a whole lot more, across six countries

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Why whole-enterprise architecture matters

Why would whole-enterprise architecture matter to an organisation? And what’s the difference between whole-enterprise architecture and other forms of enterprise-architecture? Well, here’s a first-hand case-study that illustrates both those questions… There are four main players in this overall scenario: myself,

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Methods for whole-enterprise architecture – Keep it simple

For a viable enterprise ­architecture [EA], now and into the future, we need frameworks, methods and tools that can support the EA discipline’s needs. One crucial criterion is that any methods and frameworks we use must support fractality – the same patterns, regardless of scope

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Architecting the shadows

In enterprise-architecture, we’ve long known about the importance of shadow-IT – the place where much of business IT-innovation comes from, yet also presents organisational risks if not managed appropriately. Yet whilst talking with Pierre [I never did catch his surname –

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Making sense in disruption

An unexpected referendum result in one smallish country that triggers business-uncertainty on a literally worldwide scope and scale: that’s Brexit. A nice example, in fact, of what’s really meant by the term ‘disruption‘. What happens when those ‘rules’ by which

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Why and Because

After years of going back and forth to Latin America, I still struggle with the difference between para and por – both which sort-of align with the English word ‘for‘, but in different and often-confusing ways. Going the other way, though, the

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Another SCAN crossmap: Kolb Learning Styles

Another SCAN crossmap – this time with the Kolb Learning Styles model – that may well be useful in the knowledge-management and skills-development-space. It was first spotted by Archi co-developer Jean-Baptiste Sarrodie – many thanks, JB! I’ll let JB set

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When what you need most is the paddle…

Yeah, it’s been that kind of time. Trying to respond politely, professionally, as a whole-enterprise architect, to a seemingly-unending stream of people who just don’t get it. People who measure everything – including human life – in solely monetary terms. People who believe

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Towards a whole-enterprise architecture standard – Summary

For a viable enterprise ­architecture [EA], now and into the future, we need frameworks, methods and tools that can support the EA discipline’s needs. This is a brief summary of the previous six-part series on proposals towards an enterprise-architecture framework and standard for whole-of-enterprise

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