Tag: methodology

Intimations of arrogance? – an addendum

Carrying on from the previous post, with a bit of an explanation about why I’m becoming so much of ‘a grumpy old guy’… Here’s the blunt fact: I’m not a good thinker. I know that. Too many gaps in my knowledge,

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Intimations of arrogance from a grumpy old guy?

Okay, I admit it: I’m at real risk right now of becoming a grumpy old guy: Getting snappy at people on LinkedIn and all that. More than a fair bit of that phrase about “Will not suffer fools gladly”. Patience strained

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Building effectiveness in a small business

One of the great things about doing my ‘Tetradian on Architectures‘ mini-video series is that I get to tackle real-world questions about everyday enterprise-architecture, sent in by people all around the world. In this case, for the current episode in

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Toolsets for enterprise-architecture – another try

What tools and toolsets do we need, to support our work in the architecture of the enterprise as a whole? The short and more cynical answer is “Not what we have right now”. To be blunt, maybe none of the

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Fractality in Five Elements method

This is another of the sort-of status-reports about the ‘hammer it out in practice’ work that designer Joseph Chittenden and I have been doing on Five Elements, to make it more accessible and usable for a more general audience. In

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Documenting the Not-known

In our work on simplifying the ‘inventory’ of tools and techniques I’d developed for whole-enterprise architecture and the like, one of the challenges we keep hitting up against is how to capture ideas, information and insights, as they appear during

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‘Tetradian on architectures’ videos

Yay! Today is the launch for my new ‘Tetradian on architectures‘ video-channel on YouTube! (Yes, I promised to get started on this about a year ago, but it’s taken me this long to work out how to do it…) Each video

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Guiding the dance of change

How do we work with change? How do we deal with change? Or cope with it? Perhaps a better metaphor would be to dance with change. That’s not a new metaphor, of course: for business-change, for example, there’s the now-classic book

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Down the rabbit-hole with ‘evidence-based’

If we want to make something ‘evidence-based’, then what exactly is ‘evidence’? On the surface the answer might seem obvious – I mean, evidence is evidence, right? But in practice, as soon as we look a little closer, the evidence

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Concept-development, and our role for Patreon

“I think we’re onto something here.” That was my colleague and designer Joseph Chittenden, talking about a rethink that came up from the previous post here on ‘Hope, optimism and delusion‘, in relation to our current Patreon project to make

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