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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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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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Glitch…

Seems a lot of people in the enterprise-architecture space wonder why I don’t toe the ‘party-line’, and push for IT-centric automation-of-everything, like almost everyone else in ‘the trade’. Well, here’s a nice first-hand example as to why… I’ve been doing

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Playing ‘pass the grenade’?

Are you playing ‘pass the grenade’ with your business? Is your entire industry doing it? And if so, what can you do to defuse the metaphoric grenade? What’s the ‘grenade’? Well, it’s kinda like a hot-potato – except that you’ll

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Product, service and trust

Sirens blaring, blue lights flashing, the large white truck howls across the junction just ahead of us. Unusual markings, too: ‘Bomb Disposal’. In these troubled times it could be anything, of course; but out here, in the quiet backwaters of

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IT-centrism and real-world enterprise-architecture

Is there an IT-based solution to every business problem? And is the IT-based solution always the most efficient and effective option? One of my more constant struggles in EA is to get supposed ‘enterprise architects’ to think about each context in its

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Efficient, effective, convenient?

Is convenience even more fundamental to an enterprise than either efficiency or effectiveness? That’s the curve-ball that Nick Gall threw to me, in a comment on my earlier post ‘Efficient versus effective‘. It’s quite a long comment (and, unfortunately, quite

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Efficient versus effective (an addendum)

What is efficiency? From whose perspective? Just a quick follow-on to the previous post ‘Efficient versus effective‘, with a couple of insights that came up just after I’d published it. First is that the distinction between efficient and effective is often

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