7 months, 11 days ago

“Who” Creates Risk

Costello: Well then who’s on first? Abbott: Yes. Costello: I mean the fellow’s name. Abbott: Who. Costello: The guy on first. Abbott: Who. Costello: The first baseman. Abbott: Who. Costello: The guy playing… Abbott: Who is on first! Today’s blog is triggered by the entry authored by my friend and colleague, Ben Sommer, reflecting on […]

1 year, 3 months ago

Open Group San Francisco 2016

We are happy to announce that after a brief hiatus, we will be presenting again at the Open Group Conference, this year in San Francisco, January 25-27. Ben Sommer and I will be presenting in the Architecture Methods and Techniques track.  The theme of this conference is “How Enterprise Architecture is empowering companies to build […]

2 years, 9 months ago

Avoiding a Leaky Scope Bucket

There’s a hole in the bucket, dear Liza, dear Liza, There’s a hole in the bucket, dear Liza, a hole. – children’s song, Bergliederbüchlein (c 1700) In my prior article, I introduced the concept of a scope bucket to explain the concept of project scope to your stakeholders.  In this article, I continue the theme with some […]

2 years, 11 months ago

A Bucket of Scope

An architect relies on a clear understanding of scope.  In prior articles we have discussed the business context diagram, a great tool for establishing solution scope.  We also provided a technique for setting expectations regarding the scope of architecture activities.  In this article, I intend to expand on the importance of understanding (or establishing, if […]

3 years, 1 month ago

“Make it Work Like Our Current System” and Other Requirement Pitfalls

This is the final article in in the series for implementing “Custom Off The Shelf” (COTS) solutions; a follow up to our Buy vs. Build Your Software  and “Off the Shelf” Implementation Pitfalls articles. In this we want to address requirement approaches that are sometimes proposed, but rarely successful in such an implementation. In an […]

3 years, 2 months ago

“Off the Shelf” Software Implementation Pitfalls

This is the long-awaiting (or at least long-promised) article on implementing “bought” products; a follow up to our Buy vs. Build Your Software article.  Many large organizations rely heavily on external vendors for large scale software implementations of “Off the Shelf” packages – very frequently modified for competitive advantage and/or to align with internal business […]

3 years, 3 months ago

Think Strategically, Proceed Practically

Knowing the strategic solution is only part of the challenge. Let’s assume you are able to establish the “right and just” solution either because your enterprise has well documented target architectures and roadmaps or your solution has a well established “best practice” pattern you can apply. Take a moment to savor your success, but only […]

3 years, 4 months ago

Documenting Design Decisions

We previously discussed Options Analysis – our method for evaluating multiple viable technical solutions.  We also facilitate numerous smaller design choices at all levels of the architecture.  We often need to document these as “design decisions,” and use a common approach and format to document at all levels of design (conceptual, logical, physical, component, etc.). […]

3 years, 4 months ago

Prose: Great for Novels, Lousy for Solution Design

While we often find ourselves advocating for design documentation, we typically are referring to “some” design documentation vs. “more” design documentation.  When it comes to design documentation, more is actually not better.  We have encountered customers, and even other consulting firms, that deliver design documentation by the inch – measuring design quality horizontally across the […]

3 years, 10 months ago

Ring the Bell – Philly Here We Come!

We are proud and excited to announce that once again we will be presenting at the Open Group Conference, this time in Philadelphia! We always find the Open Group Conferences to be insightful and informative.  We also look forward to the opportunity to commiserate with other practitioners on the common trials and tribulations of enterprise […]

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