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Efficient versus effective (an addendum)

What is efficiency? From whose perspective? Just a quick follow-on to the previous post ‘Efficient versus effective‘, with a couple of insights that came up just after I’d published it. First is that the distinction between efficient and effective is often

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Efficient versus effective

What is ‘efficiency’? – in particular, ‘efficiency’ in any system that’s subject to real-world variances? Starting-point for this one was yet another passing item in my Twitterstream: RT @MentalHealthCop: If providers are contractually obliged to run hospitals at 98% capacity, is

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The gift of a world

It’s heavy – that’s all I can tell at first. Slowly, carefully, I unwrap the present my great-niece has given me. It’s a small wooden box, with brass hinges and fastener, and with my name inlaid on top in green

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A kind of manifesto (short version)

Enterprise-architecture is dead; long live the architecture of the enterprise? Or something like that, anyway… Time for a kind of manifesto, I guess? As is perhaps too usual in my writing, the full-length version of the ‘manifesto’ ended up, uh, kinda long…

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A kind of manifesto

Enterprise-architecture is dead; long live the architecture of the enterprise? Or something like that, anyway… So, what next? Time for a kind of manifesto, I guess? At the least, time for a fairly major paradigm-change in how we view the

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Saving enterprise-architecture from itself – 5: What next?

This, sadly, is not the blog-post I’d set out to write when I started this brief series. It’s best summed up in just three words: I give up. Seven years ago, I set out to save enterprise-architecture from itself. Who was I

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Saving enterprise-architecture from itself – 4: Responsibility

Who defines the profession and disciplines for ‘the architecture of the enterprise’? Who is responsible for it, how, and why? The focus in this part of the series is on a comment by Len Fehskens, on an earlier post about EA and certification. As with the previous post, building on

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Saving enterprise-architecture from itself – 3: Skills and certification

What skills do we need for enterprise-architecture – for a literal ‘architecture of the enterprise’? And why? And how do we certify those skills? Or should we even try to certify those skills? If so, why? If not, why not? The

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Saving enterprise-architecture from itself – 2: Personal background

Why do I worry about enterprise-architecture? And who the heck am I to worry about it? What kind of right have I got to criticise anything that anyone does in this space? Okay, let’s forget the idea of ‘rights’ for

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Saving enterprise-architecture from itself – 1: Introduction

What’s wrong with enterprise-architecture? For that matter, what’s right with it? How can we do more of what’s right and less of what’s wrong? And what is the point of EA, anyway? Following on from those posts on certification and EA,

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