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Learning and the limits of automation

One of the themes that came up in the Vlerick Business School session on EA-roadmaps was around how long it takes to learn how to develop the skills needed to do enterprise-architecture – and how and why to learn them,

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Enterprise-architecture as hologram

What’s the best metaphor we could use for the information collected in enterprise-architecture and related disciplines? The answer, I’d suggest, is a hologram. This is in part a follow-on to the post ‘What do we need from our EA tools?‘. What

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Fail, to learn

“Ya gotta fail fast”, he said, striding back and forth with intense energy, from up in front of the podium. “If ya gonna be Agile, ya gotta learn ta fail fast“. But… I do that all the time already, don’t

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What do we need from our EA tools?

What do we actually need our enterprise-architecture tools to do? What are the ‘jobs to be done’ with which we need their help? And if our existing tools aren’t delivering that help, what can we do about it? [Update: While writing

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Fractals, naming and enterprise-architecture

What naming do we need, when we’re doing architectures for every part of the enterprise? Yeah, I know this is another one that I go on and on about, but it’s just too bad: we need to resolve this one –

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From service to product

We’ve recently explored here the transition from product to service – but what about the other way round, from service to product? (Many thanks to Michael Poulin for reminding of this point.) As far as I understand it, product and

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From product to service

What’s the relationship between product and service? How does that relationship work in practice, within a service-oriented enterprise-architecture? What started this one off was this much-referenced comparison: (My apologies, I don’t know who to credit for this image – perhaps

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On ‘Why Smart People Get Depressed’

Why do smart people get depressed? And what can we do about it? That was the theme, and title, for a brilliant recent article by Henrik Mårtensson (@Kallokain). In the subsequent Twitter-conversation, Henrik asked us for our opinions and experiences

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Posted in Enterprise architecture, Futures, Knowledge, Power and responsibility, Society, The Outsider

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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Posted in Business, Complexity / Structure, Enterprise architecture, Futures, Society

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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