One of the Tweets last week was a pointer to a post by Andrew Johnston of Questa Computing, somewhen back in June this year, on his Agile Architect blog, titled ‘Architects: Masters of Order and Unorder?‘. For enterprise-architects, it’s well worth …

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Have been having a bit of a struggle with two particularly intransigent types over on LinkedIn, in the long-running thread on “EA is the glue between strategy and execution”. They’ve been insisting that their own particular views on enterprise-architecture are …

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A great discussion yesterday with Mike Turner reminded me that there are two radically different roles for enterprise-architects: the internal enterprise-architect the external enterprise-architect They’re both focused on ‘the architecture of the enterprise’, but it’s important not to mix them …

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Whilst working on a previous post on rights and responsibilities, I needed to hunt out the original of a phrase attributed to the anthropologist Margaret Mead, that “motherhood is a biological fact, fatherhood is a social fiction”. A quick search brought …

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In part this is a follow-on from the previous post on the fundamental flaws underlying all forms of currency, but it also has many implications for businesses, enterprise-architectures, societal models, corporate social responsibility and much else besides. And don’t worry, …

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One of the comments on the previous post on the unacknowledged risks of  ‘cooperative IT’ triggered off an essay-length response that really deserves its own post. So here it is. 🙂 The comment that started it off was from Ric …

Architecture disaster? – we have an app for that! Read more »

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Twitter-correspondent Craig Hepburn posted a Tweet this morning pointing to Dion Hinchcliffe‘s excellent ZDNet article, ‘CoIT: how an accidental future is becoming reality‘, about the current rise and rise of ‘consumer IT’ or ‘cooperative IT’: It’s a story as old …

CoIT: another architectural disaster unfolds? Read more »

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Development of new ideas, processes and practices will always be a social process, and always somewhat messy. To enable that development to happen, we need social conditions that can support it – and screen out behaviours that prevent it. Those …

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Another of those first-thing-in-the-morning ideas, which arose in part from a conversation on social-architectures that I’ve been having with gift-economy maven Alpha Lo. Our whole economy is built around the idea of possession, and exchange of possessions; yet what do …

Are time and responsibility our only real possessions? Read more »

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