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Taking a break

The run-up to winter-solstice seems always a bad time for me, as can be seen all too clearly on this blog, over the respective years. Something about the gathering dark, I suspect… Be that as it may, it really is time

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The point of specialism

What’s the point of specialism? Or, perhaps more to the point, why do we so much argue about ‘the point’? – is it a side-effect of specialism itself? After the farrago around the last couple of posts here, this is perhaps best described

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More on trolls, specialism and context

In the old Norse children’s tale, there’s a troll that lives under a bridge, that eats the life-force of anyone who tries to pass. It’s a useful bridge, sure, and it’s easiest to pass that way, if the troll wasn’t

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The dangers of specialism-trolls in enterprise-architecture

As cross-domain generalists, how can we best cope with narrow-focus specialists who insist that their own domain is the only one that matters? This is a constant problem in enterprise-architectures and the like, not least because we somehow have to

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Beware of ‘policy-based evidence’

The other day I spotted an interesting article (cite: BMJ 2014,349;g5538) in the print-edition of the British Medical Journal, about the dangers of premature decision-making based on what they described as ‘policy-based evidence’. The article’s examples were in healthcare, of

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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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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

My ‘EA Masterclass’ coming to Australia

What’s the last stage of learning any skill? Answer: ya gotta teach it… And that’s exactly what I’ll be doing down in Australia, starting late next month. Some while ago I said that at last I’d Got Round To It

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Selling EA – 4: Proving value, and pricing

How do we ‘sell’ enterprise-architecture? What’s it worth, in terms of value, and of price? What could or should we charge for our work? This series is a bit of ‘thinking aloud’ about our work, and how we apply our

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Selling EA – 3: What and how

How do we ‘sell’ enterprise-architecture? How do we explain what it is that we do – and why we do it? This series started as a bit of ‘thinking aloud’ about work, and how we apply our work, and how

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