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On not retiring

Kind of a personal landmark, I guess: today I reach so-called ‘retirement-age’, where I’m supposedly meant to kick back, relax and walk away from all of the stresses of a lifetime of work. Hmm… no chance of that happening, is

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Posted in Complexity / Structure, Enterprise architecture, Futures, Knowledge, Scribbles / writing, The Outsider

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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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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The role and rise of the business-anarchist

You may have noticed some new role-titles turning up in the enterprise space. Chief Disruption Officer, for example. Or Chief Transformation Officer. A fair few variants on that theme. But what you probably won’t see – not as yet, anyway

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Posted in Business, Complexity / Structure, Enterprise architecture, Futures, Power and responsibility

Making a knowledge-base for whole-enterprise EA more accessible

I have a problem. One that might be relevant for you too, if you work in enterprise-architecture or related disciplines. Here’s the situation: I have here this weblog on enterprise architecture and suchlike, built up out of almost a decade of

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The game of enterprise-architecture

Given the parlous state of most current enterprise-architecture ‘education’, is there any way we could do it better? One option might be to reframe EA-education as a game. I don’t mean ‘gamification’ as per the asinine ‘boy-scout badges for enterprise-architects’

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What I do, and why

“Are you the guy who writes books?”, asks the young woman behind me in the cafe. Well, yes, I am – but much as for her, it’s taken me a moment or two to recognise her, and then remember the

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A new direction?

It was a good chat, that serendipitous meeting with an IT-recruiter on the crowded homebound train. We’d managed to grab one of the rare table-seats, so I was able to show her my slidedeck ‘Attracting, retaining and getting the best

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Another view on SCORE

Yet another graphic for SCORE, this time kindly provided by JB Sarrodie, as a follow-on to the previous post ‘Using SCORE to reframe the business-model‘: I like it a lot – it’s clean, it’s easy to follow, the two-by-two matrix

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Outcomes of an Australian EA tour

Now that I’m in the wrap-up phase for my Australian EA tour, how did it go? Pretty good, would be the short answer. A bit disappointing in certain aspects, but otherwise much what I’d hoped to see: real signs of progress

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