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  • Blog Post: Being Forgotten in the Internet of Things

    We all know that Google lost a landmark legal case recently.  As of now, a citizen of Europe has the “right to be forgotten” on the Internet.  As of now, a citizen of Europe can ask Google to “forget” them, so that a search of their identity will not return embarrassing information from the...
  • Blog Post: EA Debt

    (Note: I've added an addendum to this post) It has been many years that we have lived with the concept of technical debt. Martin Fowler did a good job of describing the concept in a 2003 article on his wiki. Basically, the idea is that you can make a quick-and-dirty change to software. You will have...
  • Blog Post: Climbing the ladder from EITA to EA

    One of the most common problems in Enterprise Architecture, and one I get asked about routinely, is the “ladder” problem.  Many Enterprise Architecture teams are formed by assembling a group of talented technologists into a team and giving them a charter to “go do EA.”  The problem is that...
  • Blog Post: The Purpose of an Enterprise Architecture Framework

    Can Social Media create new ideas? Here’s an example where the answer is “yes.” I recently blogged about EA models, and what makes them interesting . I was thinking about providing insight to people who were in the mood to send me updates to the EBMM… a rather tactical post...
  • Blog Post: Ten Ways to Kill An Enterprise Architecture Practice

    Have you seen practices that you know could kill an Enterprise Architecture practice?  I have.  A recent LinkedIn thread asked for examples, and I came up with my top ten.  I’d love to hear your additions to the list. How to screw up an EA practice Get a senior leader to ask for EA without...
  • Blog Post: We do what you say we will do – Integrity By Architecture

    One of the chief complaints of senior executives in midsize and large companies is that their organizations don’t “execute” on the goals that they set.  This concern is so common, it’s the butt of jokes.  Entire systems of governance and measurement are created specifically to provide assurance...
  • Blog Post: Placing Architecture Properly into Scrum Processes

    As I’m about to complete my share of a longer engagement on using Lean principles to improve the processes at an online services firm, it occurred to me that the efforts we undertook to properly embed Architecture practices into their Scrum process were novel.  I haven’t seen much written about...
  • Blog Post: The “Right” Representation of the EA Value Cycle

    In the world of Enterprise Architecture, we are still creating “shared” understanding of how to tell our stakeholders what we do.  There is no consistency in our diagrams or our descriptions just yet.  This post will discuss the different ways we present the value stream of Enterprise Architecture...
  • Blog Post: How to Become a Hero for Growth

    One thing that happens when you work to develop change across an organization: you detect the “cultural” elements of an organization that often go unnoticed by the people involved.  Just as a “Fish discovers water last,” people working in a cultural context can be fairly unaware of the implications...
  • Blog Post: Has in-person communication become the unwilling victim of technology?

    In Enterprise Architecture, one of the most important aspects of the job is not only to communicate, but to lead change.  In other words, it is great to have the data to point to a problem in an enterprise.  It is better to help that enterprise overcome it by changing something (processes,...
  • Blog Post: AGILE architecture vs. agile ARCHITECTURE

    As an architect involved in an agile implementation (my current gig), you can imagine how interested I was to see that there’s a new book on Agile Architecture , and perhaps how disappointed I was to see that it focused on SOA and Cloud.  That’s not to put down SOA or the cloud.  I’m a huge...
  • Blog Post: Humility and the Art of Enterprise Architecture

    As a lot, Enterprise Architects are not terribly humble people.  We name frameworks after ourselves, and sometimes go to great lengths to correct the “misinterpretations” of others who describe our work in a way that we don’t agree with.  Yet, recognizing that the field is young requires that...
  • Blog Post: Should Business Architects use the Business Model Canvas at the Program level?

    In the Open Group conference at Newport Beach, I listened to a series of presentations on business architecture.  In one of them, the presenter described his practice of using Osterwalder’s Business Model Canvas to create a model of his program’s environment after a business program (aka business...
  • Blog Post: Rumination on the concept of “best practice”

    I heard some very interesting talks today from Len Fehskens and Jeff Scott at the Open Group conference .  One thing that I picked up in a meeting yesterday was the notion that TOGAF 9.1 is built on “best practices.”  Today, as Jeff spoke about the transformation of a technical architect into...
  • Blog Post: All Effective Enterprise Architects Are Agile

    I explained to one of my clients recently that there is a perception of animosity between the Enterprise Architecture community and the Agile community.  Both sides make assumptions about the other, often assumptions that are simply unfair.  For example, many in the EA community think of “agile...
  • Blog Post: The most important personality trait of an Enterprise Architect

    The video below, from RSA Animate, is not about Enterprise Architecture.  At least, on the surface, it isn’t.  In the video, we hear the voice of Roman Krznaric, a philosopher, talk about the need to build a greater reliance on the human emotion of empathy in order to create social change....
  • Blog Post: Steps To Create a Core Diagram

    To be fair, these are steps to create a solid understanding of the architecture of a business, but the deliverable is a core diagram, so that’s the title of the post.  I first wrote about a method for creating core diagrams about a year ago, as I was preparing for a talk on the subject at the Open...
  • Blog Post: Everything you’ve read about IT Project Failure is wrong

    I did a scan around the web to figure out what many of the leading thinkers were saying about IT project failure and the root causes.  Numbers varied between 20% and 80% of projects failing to deliver on their business case.  The root cause analysis that follows from these failure numbers spends...
  • Blog Post: The Story behind “Stories That Move Mountains”

    There is a new book available that I’d like to let everyone know about.  It is called “ Stories That Move Mountains .”  I wrote this book with two fantastic professionals Martin Sykes and Mark D. West.  In this post, I’m going to talk about how this book came to be, and why I felt so strongly...
  • Blog Post: Many (flawed) Definitions of Business Architecture

    Not long ago, I attempted to create a refined definition of “business architecture.” I felt compelled to do so because the definition that I found in the Business Architecture Guild’s BizBOK (Guide to the Business Architecture Body of Knowledge) defined the word “business architecture”...
  • Blog Post: Taking a Careful Slice – Defining Business Architecture

    I’m putting together my presentations for TechEd New Zealand, one of which is titled “Business Architecture for Non Architects.” In that presentation, I need to provide a good, SHORT, definition of business architecture. So, like a good soldier, I marched over to the Business Architecture...
  • Blog Post: Podcast on the Enterprise Architecture profession–Interview with CIPS’s Stephen Ibaraki

    Way back in April, I announced the first of two podcasts with the Canadian Information Processing Society.  I just realized this weekend that I had not announced the availability of the second of those podcasts.  Error corrected. The second podcast, once again hosted by the inimitable Stephen...
  • Blog Post: The EA Metamodel behind the Business Model Generation

    Back when Alexander Osterwalder was first working on the book “Business Model Generation,” I reached out to him to see if I could discuss the data elements he had chartered for his “Business Model Canvas.” After all, from an Enterprise Architecture standpoint, he was making some...
  • Blog Post: Aligning the EBMM with Archimate

    I just recently had a conversation with a talented enterprise architect who had brought together the EA framework elements from numerous different sources in order to address the needs of his business. Included in that list was the Enterprise Business Motivation Model which I developed and which I continue...
  • Blog Post: Speaking at TechEd New Zealand on Business Architecture

    Haven’t  been to New Zealand yet, but I will be there soon… From September 4 through 7 in Auckland, for TechEd New Zealand.  I will be presenting two topics (Business architecture for non architects, and Aligning IT with capabilities). Now, normally you wouldn’t see Enterprise Architecture...
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