5 years, 8 months ago

It’s NOT What it’s How that Matters

This is the third in a series of articles that decomposes some of the latest research into architecture in useful bite size pieces. Thinking about giving up on the whole architecture deal, have a clean out and sack the whole lot and get some news ones in! Well before you do, there’s  some interesting new […]

5 years, 10 months ago

Architects Don’t Know What They’re Doing!

This is the second in a series of articles that makes the latest research into architecture available in useful bite size pieces. It’s official, Architects are trained all wrong and that goes a long way to explaining why so many programmes end up in trouble. Whether you take Zachman’s 1987 paper as the start of […]

5 years, 11 months ago

Thirty Years and We Still Do NOT Know What We are Doing!

Whether you take Zachman’s 1987 paper as the start of the architectural time-line or not doesn’t really matter. The point stands that architecture, as in the planning of IT systems, has now been around for thirty years. And so why do people still refer to it as emergent? It’s because although we may know what […]

6 years, 5 months ago

PraXtice Available for Xmas!

It’s been almost a year since we noted the arrival of PraXtice the first “ready to use out of the box” architecture methodology.  And we are now happy to report that it’s available through both Amazon and Google books just in time for Christmas. So, why not treat yourself and get ready to start next […]

7 years, 5 months ago

Everybody Needs PraXtice

This year marks thirty years since the publishing of Zachman’s seminal paper. And since then there’s been a torrent of publications on architecture. What’s always puzzled me was that despite all that brain power and all that paper, and believe me I’ve got bookcases and filing cabinets full of it, I’ve never come across  a […]

8 years, 7 months ago


I keep being told how Digital Innovation and DevOps are going to save the world. Unfortunately for the salesmen I’ve been around long enough to have seen a magazine full of silver bullets, think Distributed Computing, PCs, Information Centers, Fourth Generation Languages, End User Computing, Object Orientation, ESBs, SOA, BPM and even Java to name […]

9 years, 2 months ago

Mastering ArchiMate

This is not your usual architecture book as its title suggests it is about modelling using the ArchiMate notation. The author doesn’t promote any particular tool and concentrates on the notation, which recently underwent a major revision. Whether you are new to ArchiMate or have been using it for some time I think you’ll find […]

9 years, 11 months ago

$harp Practice

I’ve commented on the questionable ethics of some consultants previously, but something I witnessed recently prompts me to revisit the issue. In the last three or so years in particular I suspect that I’ve witnessed, initially unnoticed, a growing tendency for consultancies to see clients’ projects increasingly in terms of cash flow and less as […]

9 years, 11 months ago

The Wrong Answer

I am frequently appalled by the lack of rigor in this craft and this has been recently highlighted to me by a linguistic habit that I suspect comes from a younger generation. ( Sorry guys feel free to have a hack at the old bastard!) That is the use of the answer Yes/No to a […]