Make IT Right

Musings, thoughts and observations about the world of IT and specific content that can help people with the creation of an Enterprise Architecture and IT strategy.

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    Marketecture – a technique every architect should learn

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    One of the drivers for me to develop the content in my book "Stories that Move Mountains" was the development of many different 'marketectures' to help market the ideas in a new architecture. This idea resurfaced in a recent posting from Cutter...
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    Conference presentations and workshops

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      I have a few new conference dates coming up. I will be presenting on Visual Stories at the Gartner EA Summit in London on May 14/15, and hosting a roundtable after the presentation. Find out more and book your space at the conference website. http...
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    Very Qool

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    If you've got Windows 8 then there's now a free app you can download to help create the Visual Story Map, which is the core model in the visual storytelling approach from my book Stories That Move Mountains . Qool ( http://qool.598studiosinc.com/ ) allows...
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    Working with Business Processes

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    I just heard that Alec Sharp will be back in London to run his "Working With Business Processes" class for IRMUK on Feb 28 / Mar 01. If you are interested or know anyone who would be interested take a look at : http://www.irmuk.co.uk/events...
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    Stories that Move Mountains – is out !

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    The last year has been a very busy one, and for everyone who subscribed to this feed a rather poor one in terms of entries. The reason for the lack of postings is very simply down to the effort required to write a book!. This was released in the UK a...
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    Stories That Move Mountains

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    In mid-2010 I held a series of training courses to cover many of the key techniques I’ve previously discussed on this blog. One attendee, Nick Malik, was in for his second time, the first being three years earlier. Another, Mark West, had been working...
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    More than trends

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    A colleague at Microsoft, J.D.Meier, recently wrote a blog post about the major trends to watch for in 2010. Rather than creating just a new list he's provided all the source material references which make it ideal to use for personal research and to...
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    Using predictions to think ahead

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    It’s about this time every year that we begin to be bombarded with the top 10 predictions for just about everything in 2010. About the only thing I believe from the predictions mania is that new technology will take longer to have an impact than we believe...
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    Prioritizing the portfolio of IT projects

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    One of the common activities for IT departments when times get tough is to review the projects underways and see where greater prioritization mught realize benefits faster and re-focus resources. I recently wrote a paper for the Architecture Journal with...
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    100 ideas for helping customers create more productive and engaging user experiences

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    100 Ideas for Envisioning Powerful, Engaging, and Productive User Experiences in Knowledge Work [flashbulbinteraction.com] is an online reference for product teams creating new applications for work involving thinking, with a heavy emphasis on visualization...
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    Delusions of Enterprise Architecture

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    I just finished skimming The Halo Effect by Phil Rosenzweig. This reviews the recommendations from books that examine successful companies then tell you why they have been successful in simple terms. In the majority of cases the value does not last and...
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    Vision without a plan is a hallucination

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    11:05 Sometimes I see brilliant visions for an architecture/strategy/programme (take your pick) expressed as a statement of the future and they fail completely to get any support. They may describe the future by example of the new way of working, perhaps...
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    ERP for IT

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    Sometimes it seems like we've automated the business but not the IT world. Although some organisations have a plethora of systems and processes to manage the operational environments, governance, portfolios, architecture and projects most do not. Few...
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    When does an Enterprise Architect become something else?

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    Once upon a time there existed in the land of IT the PMs, Analysts and Developers, roles were few, well defined, few solutions needed more than a handful of people to work together and all was good. Change happened, complexity increased and people specialised...
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    Influence - you've either got it or you need the book!

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    "Influence: Science & Practice" by Robert B Cialdini is my latest addition to the must-read non-architecture books for Enterprise Architects. I've been reading it for the last week and I've lost count of the number of excellent messages, observations...
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    Who would be a good Enterprise Architect?

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    Who would make a good Enterprise Architect? This is a question I get from time to time and it's not an easy one to answer, mainly because the definition of an Enterprise Architect and the expectations of the role varies from organisation to organisation...
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    Being right

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    "There's no point being right if you can't take everyone with you". I heard this on the radio today from one of the contestants of The Apprentice last year. The contestant had failed to win the competition and on a number of occassions had been right...
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    Recommended readings

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    All the good intentions to write this blog fall apart if I keep cancelling the daily reminder to put something in. Today I was spurred back into action by someone mentioning they had started to read it (Jon you're the spark today!) - now that's not going...
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