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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,...
8 Apr 2013
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...
5 Apr 2013
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...
15 Jan 2013
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...
4 Nov 2012
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...
22 Jun 2012
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...
5 Mar 2012
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. ...
4 Jan 2012
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...
13 Dec 2011
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"...
19 Aug 2011
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...
26 Jul 2011
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...
13 Jul 2011
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...
1 Jul 2011
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...
15 Mar 2011
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...
24 Feb 2011
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...
9 Dec 2010
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...
6 Jul 2010
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