Tag: methodology

Making sense of complexity: A reframe for SCAN

What’s a simple way to make sense of complexity? For me, the go-to tool for this is SCAN – a visual-checklist to map out uncertainty and complexity relative to a given moment or given action: SCAN has been around for almost

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What is enterprise? What is architecture?

What the heck is ‘enterprise-architecture’? Why are there are so many arguments on this, so many conflicting opinions? Perhaps a key clue is in the fact that there is so much argument about this? And that maybe the best way to

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I’m still here…

Yes, I know there hasn’t been much activity on this blog for quite a while now. But don’t worry. I’m still here, still busy as ever. It’s just that, right now, much of that work is necessarily appearing elsewhere. For

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Confirming the direction

Yeah, it’s been a while since I wrote anything new here… – kind of overdue for Normal Service Will Be Resumed and all that…? But yes, I am still here, still working, still pushing onward. And gratified to see that, yes,

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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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