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  • Blog Post: When does EA start to care about sociocultural influences?

    Organizations do not work, in real life, like they work on paper.  On paper, there are departments (all shaped like a neat rectangle) and business processes with neat inflows and outflows of responsibility and information.  On paper, you improve things by modeling things on paper, and then...
  • 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: 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: Service Oriented Architecture Conceptual Model

    Almost two years ago, I described some of the key concepts of service oriented architecture, including the distinction between a canonical model and a canonical message schema.  Since that time, I worked on a wide array of models, including Microsoft IT’s Common Conceptual Model.  That model...
  • Blog Post: How the Program Management Office Views Enterprise Architecture…

    There’s an interesting analysis available through the PMO Executive Board on “Project Interdependencies.”  In the problem statement, the author correctly observes: As the volume and size of projects grow, the old problem of managing project and program interdependencies is becoming more acute: three...
  • Blog Post: SOA Optimistic Data Synchronization considered harmful

    Let’s say that you have two systems: Adipose and BellyFat. They both need the same information. Adipose handles customer transactions, so it needs information about customers. BellyFat handles the long-term management of customer information, like what products they have purchased and what rights they...
  • Blog Post: Civil Engineering Analogy to Enterprise Architecture: Flawed

    It is typical to see comparisons of Civil Engineering to Enterprise Architecture.  A number of papers from Gartner have made the comparison, as have many articles and conference discussions.  I have made the comparison myself. It is a somewhat apt analogy.  After all, both EA and Civil...
  • Blog Post: Put perspective on both short and long term problems

    I'm always a bit worried when someone has "the answer." Lot's of red flags go up when someone tells me: this is the problem and this is how you solve it. Perhaps I'm just that kind of person. I had a recent exchange with Alex Maclinovsky over at Sun. Very practical guy. Love his stuff. We were discussing...
  • Blog Post: Standardization works with a limited, and rational, scope

    I've been on a roll lately, calling for the creating of a standardized approach to the partitioning of Line-of-Business apps . One reader commented that we are a long way from "plug and play" integration. The real answer is more subtle than that. Not all business are alike. Therefore, one standard...
  • Blog Post: Standards and Innovation

    When I opened my call for a Shared Global Integration Model , I expected some folks to say "we don't need that." What I didn't expect was the argument that standards are somehow a bad idea. It's hard to consider an argument against standards with a straight face. A basic tenet of the modern age has...
  • Blog Post: The future can be seen, if we decide to look

    Harry "Devhawk" Pierson, whom I'm glad to count among my friends, sent me an e-mail last week.  He mentioned that he was going to post on his blog about why my call for a shared global integration model was a fantasy.  "This will be fun," I thought.  Well, Harry did...
  • Blog Post: Towards a shared global integration model

    I'm renewing my call, now over a year old , for creating a single model for integrating all open, shared services. I'll talk about what this is, and then what benefits we get. A Shared Global Integration Model The idea behind a shared model is that we can take an abstract view of the way systems "should"...
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