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Three EA gigs in Mexico

Just thought I’d give a quick update on some of the work I’ve been doing here in Mexico with my colleague Michael Smith over the past couple of weeks. But first, in the tradition of Alex Osterwalder, here’s a panorama

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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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Enterprise Canvas for government regulator

A really nice quick-question from David Baxter: Can Enterprise Canvas be modified for use by a government regulator? The quick answer is, yes, of course – it’s a generic model for how services of any type interrelate with each other:

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Managers, leaders and hierarchies

Is ‘manager’ the same as ‘leader’? Are leaders always managers? And are hierarchies – and, in particular, classic management-hierarchies – always a natural, necessary and unavoidable fact of (larger) enterprises? These questions came up for me whilst reading three articles

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CRUD, CRUDE and other action-acronyms

Anyone working with data would be familiar with the CRUD acronym – Create, Read, Update, Delete – that describe ‘atomic’-level actions on data. But how well does it work with other asset-types – not just data and other virtual items,

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Positioning Enterprise Canvas in enterprise-architecture work

As I mentioned again quite recently, I’m always pleased to see how others use my work, because there are usually themes in there that I hadn’t seen before. So the other day, whilst listening in on the Open Group webinar

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Business Model Canvas beyond startups – Part 3: Back-end

How can we use Business Model Canvas beyond its initial intended context of commercial startups? In particular, how best can we use it to explore the ‘back-end’ of the business-models – the internal and supplier-facing parts – for non-profit organisations and government,

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Business Model Canvas beyond startups – Part 2: Front-end

How can we use Business Model Canvas beyond its initial intended context of commercial startups? In particular, how best can we use it to explore the ‘front-end’ of the business-models – the customer-facing parts – for non-profit organisations and government, and existing commercial businesses

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Business Model Canvas beyond startups – Part 1

Is Business Model Canvas at risk of becoming another TOGAF – a useful tool for a specific context, yet often more of a hindrance than a help wherever people try to use it beyond its original purpose? And if so,

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Every organisation is ‘for-profit’

What’s the fundamental difference between a for-profit organisation, and a not-for-profit one? Or, for that matter, between either of those and, say, a government department, or an NGO (non-governmental organisation)? Short answer: none – because every organisation is a for-profit organisation. The only

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