Blog Archives

Auftragstaktik and fingerspitzengefühl

Two words: auftragstaktik and fingerspitzengefühl. To an English speaker, they might look kinda weird, but they’re key to getting an enterprise to work well… The terms originate from the German military, from around the early-19thC and mid-20thC respectively. They would translate approximately

Posted in Business, Complexity / Structure, Enterprise architecture, Knowledge Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Hidden perils of co-branding

For any organisation that’s in the public-eye, a co-branding deal sounds like a perfect win-win: you get a pile of useful cash merely for letting someone put up a load of posters around the place. What could possibly go wrong

Posted in Business, Enterprise architecture, Society Tagged with: , , , , , , , , ,

At Vlerick Business School: EA roadmapping

How do we do roadmapping in enterprise-architecture – developing the plan for change, and keeping to that change? How do we adjust to changes in the change itself? A great session on this last week at Vlerick Business School, in

Posted in Business, Enterprise architecture Tagged with: , , , , , , ,

To change the structure, change the story

This one starts from a question from Arif Mustafa, an IT-strategy and enterprise-architecture consultant with Toyota Canada, over in Toronto: Why (newer) enterprises like, say Google, Facebook, Amazon etc are able to create culture of collaborative-innovation where companies like IBM

Posted in Business, Complexity / Structure, Enterprise architecture Tagged with: , , , , ,

Two SCAN notes – 2: Causal Layered Analysis

Regular readers of this blog will know I refer quite often to one of the core techniques in futures-studies, Sohail Inayatullah’s Causal Layered Analysis (CLA). But as of a couple of weeks ago, you won’t find any reference to it on

Posted in Complexity / Structure, Enterprise architecture, Futures Tagged with: , , , , , , , , ,

Anthropomorphise your applications?

“Don’t anthropomorphise computers – they hate that!” – that was the text of a great graphic I found on Flickr, and that I’ve used in various slidedecks since. Yet might it actually be a good idea sometimes to do just

Posted in Complexity / Structure, Enterprise architecture Tagged with: , , , ,

EA: past and future, money and story

One more comment on the ‘certification for enterprise-architecture’ farrago, and then I’d better move on. The other day I spotted a one-liner from ‘gamechanger‘ Mike Bonifer that I can only describe as quietly brilliant – and painfully pertinent to this

Posted in Business, Complexity / Structure, Enterprise architecture, Futures, Knowledge, The Outsider Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,

Architecture, structure and story

What does architecture actually do? What makes it different from anything else that people do? (There’s no particular start-point to this one: it’s probably a mixture of several of those interminable LinkedIn conversations, but likely a bunch of other stuff as

Posted in Enterprise architecture Tagged with: , , , ,

Michael Margolis on story (and business)

What is story? Perhaps more to the point, why story? This was another item that whipped by on the Twitterstream that I felt needed to be kept somewhere somewhat more permanent – a stream of comments on story and the nature

Posted in Enterprise architecture, Knowledge Tagged with: , , , , , ,

NOTES – actors, agents and extras in the enterprise

If the enterprise is a story, who are the actors in that story? What are their drivers and needs? How do we model and manage the relationships between those actors in the story? (This is part of an overview and

Posted in Business, Complexity / Structure, Enterprise architecture, Knowledge, Power and responsibility Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Books by Tom Graves

Ebooks by Tom Graves

Categories

Archives