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RBPEA: On power and gender

What is power? Where does it come from? Where does it go? Who has it? Who doesn’t have it? Who should have it? Who shouldn’t have it? And why? – or why not, for that matter – to any of

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Return to RBPEA

Okay, this is where it gets scary – for me, anyway… – because it’s time for me to return to RBPEA: Really-Big-Picture Enterprise-Architecture. (The reasons why it’s definitely scary for me – and for anyone doing any of this work, frankly

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Pre-emptive defence

I’m about to embark on a shift in direction or emphasis, to much more of what I’ve previously described as Really-Big-Picture Enterprise-Architecture (RBPEA), applying enterprise-architecture/systems-thinking principles and practices to concerns at much larger scopes and scales – all the way

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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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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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Selling EA – 4: Proving value, and pricing

How do we ‘sell’ enterprise-architecture? What’s it worth, in terms of value, and of price? What could or should we charge for our work? This series is a bit of ‘thinking aloud’ about our work, and how we apply our

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Selling EA – 3: What and how

How do we ‘sell’ enterprise-architecture? How do we explain what it is that we do – and why we do it? This series started as a bit of ‘thinking aloud’ about work, and how we apply our work, and how

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Selling EA – 2: The value-proposition

How do we ‘sell’ enterprise-architecture? What’s the story, the value-proposition? This series started as a bit of ‘thinking aloud’ about work, and how we apply our work, and how we could perhaps make our work a bit more immediately meaningful

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Selling EA – 1: What do EA clients want?

How do we ‘sell’ enterprise-architecture? To whom? For how much? And why? – where’s the value, for them, and for us? This started as just a bit of ‘thinking aloud’ about work, and my own place within it – though

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Price, value and Glasgow School of Art

If you want to understand the difference between price and value, look no further than the tragedy unfolding today in Glasgow: the Glasgow School of Art - Charles Rennie Mackintosh‘s great masterpiece of Art Nouveau - going up in flames. This Wikimedia photo gives

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