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  • Blog Post: Do you perform Information Architecture or a Data Architecture?

    So, full disclosure, I care about Wikipedia.  Call me dumb, I know.  Wikipedia has been described, alternatively, as the best platform ever invented for fostering useless arguments among ignorant people /and/ the most successful encyclopedia effort of all time.  The truth, as always, lies...
  • Blog Post: The Architecture Manager – the Forgotten Enterprise Architecture Role

    I’ve met many Architecture Managers over the years.  Sometimes they go by the title of “Chief Enterprise Architect” or “Chief IT Architect” and other times, the title is “Vice President of Architecture and Strategy” or some variant.  The men and women called to serve in this unique role have...
  • 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: 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 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: Conversational Antipatterns on Message Boards

    Architects argue.  I have, over the past year, spent a good bit of time on LinkedIn Message boards.  I’ve watched a lot of people argue.  I’ve learned a great deal about Enterprise Architecture, and a few things about myself, as I’ve compared notes with individuals who have different perspectives...
  • Blog Post: How Enterprise Architects can cope with Opportunistic Failure

    You may not think that Failure is a desired outcome, and on the surface, there are some negative connotations to failure.  It just sounds “bad” for a team to fail.  However, there are times when a manager will INTENTIONALLY fail in a goal.  Let’s look at the scenario where a manager may...
  • Blog Post: Wikipedia’s EA article, second pass

    After a rather protracted discussion on LinkedIn about the Wikipedia article on Enterprise Architecture (blogged here ), I took another swing at rewriting the EA article’s opening section.  It is far from perfect, but I encourage the folks who have been following this discussion to take a look. ...
  • Blog Post: Wikipedia and the definition of Enterprise Architecture

    I was asked, this week, about a page that I had put into Wikipedia nearly three years ago.  Far from being able to take credit for it, I discovered that many of the edits made since I put the page up corrupted it to the point of uselessness.  Alas, after changing that page back, I checked out...
  • Blog Post: Explaining Capability Modeling to Business Process Professionals

    As I’ve noted in prior posts , many hard working business process management professionals find the concept of “Business Capabilities” to be confusing at best, and counterproductive at worst.  In a recent article in BPTrends, Paul Harmon made the following statement: the idea of "capabilities"...
  • Blog Post: Finding Common Ground: in response to a BPTrends article on Process and Capability

    Recently, Paul Harmon published an article in BPTrends that discusses his views on the notion of Business Capability, and whether it is a useful concept.  He was not particularly kind to the field of Business Architecture in his article.  While I encourage my readers to take a few minutes to...
  • Blog Post: Business Strategy and Kindergarten Soccer

    Back when my kids were small, they all played soccer on local youth teams.  It is interesting to watch very young kids play soccer, because the instructions are so simple: kick the ball into the goal .  With instructions like that, what do you get?  Bumblebees, of course.  While many...
  • Blog Post: EA Schools of Thought

    As an Enterprise Architect, I’m first and foremost a problem solver.  I don’t like to ignore problems.  Yet, it appears that EA as a field has a problem and I’m finding it tough to ignore it.  What is the problem?  If you judge by the 1500+messages that have flooded the Enterprise...
  • Blog Post: Perhaps the most valuable conversation you can have… starts with a question

    A co-worker and I spent an hour doing something innovative… and no, it was not part of a “ Google 20% strategy .”  We spent an hour discussing PKI, personal identity, and trust of both “passive content” (like documents) and “active content” (like applications) as that content originates from one...
  • Blog Post: The difference between selling EA and performing EA

    Through a discussion on LinkedIn, I ran across a rather goofy blog post titled (“ EA does not matter ”), an obvious riff on Nick Carr’s famous HBR article .  Unfortunately, while Nick Carr is a well established business and IT contributor, the author of the blog post, Martin Palmgren, seems to have...
  • Blog Post: How (not) to convince an architect

    I’ve been watching, with a mixture of dismay and mirth, a LinkedIn discussion between Adrian Grigoriu and a group of Enterprise Architects as he attempts to promote his new business architecture approach .  Now, to be fair, Adrian has already written and published his book, so it is a little late...
  • Blog Post: Our own worst enemy: BPM pros tell horror stories about working with EA

    I recently asked two questions on LinkedIn.  I asked BPM professionals what they thought about working with Enterprise Architects, and I asked EA folks what they thought of working with Business Process Managers.  The results: BPM professionals want to work with you, but you have to meet them...
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