2 years, 3 months ago

Next Generation of EAs

Recently I was asked by Oracle’s architecture community manager about the next generation of EAs. The topic was centered around where future architects should focus their energy. Since the original article can only share a small snipet of my thoughts I’ve added the remainder below. The next generation of EA would do well to spend […]

2 years, 4 months ago

My Experience with Mindfulness/Meditation

A number of journals and articles in recent months are addressing the ancient practice of meditation or mindfulness. I suppose those more engaged with this practice would distinguish between the two. The following is less a technical discussion of the topic but rather my random thoughts based on my experience. Two ways I find some […]

2 years, 4 months ago

On Women in Computing

Its 2014. Why are we still debating about equal pay for women in the workplace? And specifically in IT-related fields? It is downright ironic if you ask me given the contributions of the following two women in the profession: Ada Lovelace from the 19th century who worked on Babbage’s early “computer”. Eventually, a programming language, […]

2 years, 4 months ago

On Complexity

I’m not convinced all complexity is bad. There are complex elements in our lives that enrich us. I’m reminded of the first few times I tasted Thai or Indian cuisine when my mouth was alive with a myriad of flavors coming from multiple directions. Just the curry alone consists of eleven different spices hand-tuned to […]

2 years, 4 months ago

Why Metamodels Matter

In the process of evolving a business the question of scope arises in my mind often. If I don’t have a boundary to work within, I can get distracted and the project can go sideways. With business design projects that leverage enterprise architecture (EA) the frameworks often supply a metamodel. I believe it is a […]

2 years, 5 months ago

Moore’s Law Deemed Hazardous

The advent of digital computers has brought a seemingly unending supply of innovations. Broadband communication to our homes and portable computers ranging from laptops to pocket-sized computers (aka, smartphones) make working anywhere 24/7 viable. This innovation also makes petabytes worth of cat videos available to most of the planet, but that is a topic for […]

2 years, 5 months ago

Why CX Matters to EA

Designing the experience for customers is increasing important in a noisy, saturated world. There seems to be no end of choices for food, technology, or services that are presented to us each day. What are the key differentiators that drive us to one versus the other? Typically its cost. Many years ago on a much […]

2 years, 5 months ago

The Relative Value of EA Frameworks

When it comes to frameworks supporting business planning, software development, or other activities – I’m a fan. I like organization. I regularly use GTD with Omnifocus on three devices to keep my personal chaos in order. I’m a proponent of developing explicitly work breakdown structures (WBS) for any enterprise architecture (EA) work I’m about to […]

2 years, 6 months ago

Where or When We Learn Core Business Values

There is a common thread that transcends all of us when working. Whether a pimple-faced kid at a Silicon Valley/Alley startup, a factory worker slinging out products in the middle of the night, or a C-level executive running a multi-billion dollar corporation, there are common value which are, or should be present in us all. […]

2 years, 6 months ago

My Personal Productivity Approach

To be a self-sufficient contributor to an organization and/or to provide leadership to others, I feel its important to manage oneself first. I think using a formal/information system aides us in attaining clarity in our minds. That state of shoshin – a beginner’s mind ready for anything. This assertion, coupled with my own OCD around […]

2 years, 6 months ago

Does the EA’s Wardrobe Matter?

A slightly humorous post on fashion and enterprise architecture. On two separate occasions I’ve been privy to conversations among enterprise architects discussing fashion. That’s right; grizzled veterans (guys) of the business world musing over what to wear. It was like an episode of “Say Yes to the Dress” gone bad. It started with Mike Walker mentioning this […]