Tag: sense-making

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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Hope, optimism and delusion

Yes, I work in and around the fringes of enterprise-architecture and the like – but my long-term background is more in medicine. So for me, one of the quiet pleasures of the new-year ‘holiday season’ is reading through the Christmas

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New book: ‘Changes – a business novel’

Delighted to say I’ve just published my ‘business-novel’ Changes. Hooray! More details are at https://leanpub.com/tb-changes . Here’s the cover: And here’s the blurb: Marco has a new job: Head of Organizational Change. But his bright new plan to bring the company into the

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On fiction and EA – Marco’s plan

I’ve been saying for a while that I’m moving more towards fiction as a way of explaining the core ideas of my work. This briefish multi-chapter extract is from a business-oriented novel with a working-title of The End of Certainty.

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Sense, make-sense, decide, act

A bit more on methods for whole-enterprise architecture – and for many other domains, for that matter. We can summarise the suggested core-method for whole-enterprise architecture as follows: We need to take some care around keeping it simple, and maintaining

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What What? and other taxonomic tangles

One of the huge challenges of trying to make things simple in a complex context is that often it can make at first make things seem more complicated. For a while, anyway, until things settle down a bit, and the

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Methods for whole-enterprise architecture – Keep it simple

For a viable enterprise ­architecture [EA], now and into the future, we need frameworks, methods and tools that can support the EA discipline’s needs. One crucial criterion is that any methods and frameworks we use must support fractality – the same patterns, regardless of scope

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Making sense in disruption

An unexpected referendum result in one smallish country that triggers business-uncertainty on a literally worldwide scope and scale: that’s Brexit. A nice example, in fact, of what’s really meant by the term ‘disruption‘. What happens when those ‘rules’ by which

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Why and Because

After years of going back and forth to Latin America, I still struggle with the difference between para and por – both which sort-of align with the English word ‘for‘, but in different and often-confusing ways. Going the other way, though, the

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