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A simple SCAN cross-map shows how and why we need the right mix of both art and science to implement good engineering: [post] The art and science of engineering http://ow.ly/Y2wyV #entarch #rbpea #scan
This one's about a simple SCAN crossmap that may be useful for making sense of what underpins engineering, and how it works the way that it does. (It also draws on the previous post about the nature of skills, and also a favourite book, WIB Beveridge's 'The Art of Scientific Investigation'.) ...
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A bit forced, I'll admit, but these two acronyms may be useful in enterprise-architecture and beyond: [post] Two acronyms: ENDS and MEANS http://ow.ly/XKzRB #entarch #bizarch #rbpea
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Information about something is not the same as the thing itself... [post] Missing the point http://ow.ly/XIuFU #entarch
Without information management capabilities how does the organization interact within itself and the broader shared-enterprise. For example the interaction between an organization and a regulator is a pure information exchange. The organization gathers the appropriate information that will ...
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It kinda depends what we mean by information. In this specific context, what they meant was computer-deliverable data - in other words 'information-about-a-thing' (the respective value) with little to no direct connect to the thing-itself. Yes, there is usually (not always) information about values, that would underpin trust and respect (the actual core concerns here), but much of it is in forms that are not easily adaptable to or describable in computer-type data: elements such as body-language, tone of voice, actions-not-taken, sense-of-commitment and so on. By the time it does get to a form that is identifiable and measurable in computer-type metrics, it's probably already too late - certainly too late for action. There's an old phrase somewhere about "not everything that matters can be measured, and not everything that can be measured will matter" - that's essentially the type of complexity that we're dealing with here.
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Why we need to guard against IT-centrism in enterprise-architectures: [post] Enterprise-architecture - it's about (much) more than just IT http://ow.ly/WTdFO #entarch #bizarch #rbpea
Enterprise-architecture – what is it? There are so many arguments about this – especially on LinkedIn – that it's easiest to sidestep the question, and say that enterprise-architecture is the architecture of the enterprise. Kinda straightforward, when we look at it like that.
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Rethinking and reframing how I work in enterprise-architectures, strategy and beyond: [post] A new direction? http://ow.ly/WMVHU - my work as 'enterprise-architecture with a human face' #entarch #bizarch #rbpea
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Another visual-aid for sensemaking with SCORE: [post] Another view on SCORE http://ow.ly/VONNn #sensemaking #entarch (thx @jbsarrodie )
Yet another graphic for SCORE, this time kindly provided by JB Sarrodie, as a follow-on to the previous post 'Using SCORE to reframe the business-model': I like it a lot – it's clean, it's easy to follow, the two-by-two matrix is easy to understand, and it would be easy to use as a base for ...
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What I do in enterprise-architecture and the like is often the almost exact opposite to mainstream approaches - but there are good reasons why I do it that way: [post] What I do, and why http://ow.ly/Y1Rn6 #entarch #bizarch #change #rbpea
“Are you the guy who writes books?”, asks the young woman behind me in the cafe. Well, yes, I am – but much as for her, it's taken me a moment or two to recognise her, and then remember the context in which we last spoke, a couple of weeks back. A nice memory.
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Work on digital-transformation needs to take heed of lessons-learned from past mistakes... [post] Digital-transformation - it's about (much) more than just digital http://ow.ly/Xj2OP #entarch #bizarch
Digital-transformation? We've been here before. And if we're not careful about it, as enterprise-architects and others, we risk making an even worse hash of it than we did on those previous times. Oops… But what is 'digital transformation'? There are so many arguments on this that…
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Start from the business-need - not the technology: [post] IT - it’s about (much) more than just 'digital-stuff' http://ow.ly/X2SBy #entarch #bizarch #itarch
Information-technology – what is it? There are so many arguments on this that it's probably simplest to sidestep the question, and say that information-technology is the technology of information. Kinda straightforward, when we look at it like that. But in which case, what is the information to ...
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We do need those detailed explanations - but yes, we do need short summaries too: [post] The long and the short http://ow.ly/WPquI - on writing about #entarch #bizarch #rbpea etc
Yeah, there've been complaints. – “Write simpler! :-) “, says one. – “You write so looong!”, says another. – “I have a problem with your blog-posts”, says yet another. “I know I'll be required to think hard if I read them and reply/comment something intelligent.
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It's not possible for there to be a single, consistent, all-encompassing 'The Theory Of Enterprise-Architecture' - but there can be a single consistent metatheory, or 'theory of theory': [post] Metatheory and enterprise-architecture http://ow.ly/WsHij #entarch #complexity
“What's the theory of enterprise-architecture?”, a colleague asked the other day. “Is there any kind of coherent and consistent theory behind it that holds it all together?” Short answer: no. Slightly longer answer: yes. Or sort-of, rather. Both no and yes – both at the same time.
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For existing businesses, using BMCanvas is easier if we first assess capabilities and options: [post] Using SCORE to reframe the business-model http://ow.ly/VfZsj #bizarch #entarch #sensemaking
He turned up with a copy of the Business Model Canvas template, printed on a large table-sized sheet of paper. “But where do we start?” he said. Good question… A bit of background first. I am, as usual, still rethinking my own business-model, with the recent Australia 'EA Tour' indicating once ...
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