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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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Posted in Business, Enterprise architecture, Knowledge, Society

“It’s not rocket-science”

“It’s not rocket-science, y’know…” – how often have we heard that phrase? Yeah, it kinda implies that almost anything is easier than rocket-science… Yet actually, that’s not true – because, for the most part, the science of ‘rocket-science’ is pretty simple.

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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

Hypotheses, method and recursion

What methods do we need for experiment and research in enterprise-architecture and the like? Should and must we declare exactly what our hypothesis will be before we start? Those are some of the questions that Stephen Bounds triggered off for

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On mass-uniqueness

How well does your system-design cope with something that doesn’t fit? And how can you design a system for a business-context of mass-uniqueness, where the likelihood of coming across something that doesn’t fit – maybe often – is not so much

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Bending reality (short version)

Do you believe in magic? Most people don’t. But this isn’t about magic as such – it’s about belief: in particular, Gooch’s Paradox, that “things not only have to be seen to be believed, but also have to be believed to

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Posted in Complexity / Structure, Enterprise architecture, Realities, Wyrd and magic

Bending reality

Do you believe in magic? [Yep, this one is long – more than 7000 words, or long even by my somewhat-extreme standards for blogging. But there are good reasons why it needs to be this long, as you’ll discover later – and

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Posted in Complexity / Structure, Enterprise architecture, Realities, Wyrd and magic

Enterprise-architecture – too WEIRD, too WIRED?

Yeah: weird again – though this time it’s about a rather different kind of weirdness than those I’ve been exploring in recent posts. The starting-point here is a recent Tweet by Sinan Si Alhir: @SAlhir: Why Americans Are the Weirdest

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Enterprise-architect – applied-scientist, or alchemist?

Is enterprise-architecture more akin to alchemy than applied-science? And if so – and to what extent as so – what would this imply to how we study, discuss, teach, learn and apply enterprise-architectures in real-world practice? Kinda suggests perhaps, that

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The dilution of enterprise-architecture

“What concerns me is the dilution of what EA means to the point it has no meaning.” That’s what he said. But is this a real concern that we should be worried about in enterprise-architecture? Or a red-herring that arises

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