5 years, 1 month ago

Architecture Styles

This article is also available as a PDF document. Could businesses benefit from applying different architectural styles to design systems in different areas of the enterprise, just as cities apply different architectural styles for designing Cathedrals, Town Halls, and Bazaars? Applying different architectural styles would practically imply that when designing a system for finance we […]

5 years, 1 month ago

The project-related concerns of Enterprise Architecture

Using the analogy of the popular game of Tetris, this diagram explains the dynamic and ever-changing challenges of Enterprise Architecture through the use of a static picture. This diagram was originally created to explain the need for Enterprise Architecture to business executives at the C-Level of an organization (e.g. CEOs, CIOs, CFOs, etc.). The original […]

6 years, 1 month ago

What Squash can teach us about learning environments (Part 3)

Continued from Part 2 (This blog post does not read very well if you haven’t already read Part 1 and Part 2). The full article is also available as a PDF document. Developing skills requires keeping the game alive A key requirement to develop gameplay skills is to keep the ball in play. Strokeplay that results in ending the […]

6 years, 1 month ago

What Squash can teach us about learning environments (Part 2)

Continued from Part 1 (This blog post does not read very well if you haven’t already read Part 1). The full article is also available as a PDF document. Closed and forgiving environments breed bad habits Closed environments are those where the efforts of individuals within it are subject to little or no peer interactions. Forgiving environments are those […]

6 years, 1 month ago

What Squash can teach us about learning environments (Part 1)

Could the sport of Squash also teach us some useful organizational lessons? While the analogies between learning Squash and developing professional skills aren’t exact, both involve similar processes. Competitive sports mean game players become serious about having fun. The same spirit of having serious fun is sometimes absent from compartmentalized workplaces, where work seems to […]

6 years, 6 months ago

When effort estimations feel like buying showroom kitchens

Purchasing a showroom kitchen can be an unpleasant experience, especially if you’re not sure of the value of what you are buying. Kitchen showrooms tend to have the atmosphere of a prestigious car dealership, perhaps because the price tag of a well-designed kitchen is similar to a mid-sized car. If you happen to linger at […]

6 years, 8 months ago

IT Wastelands :: How many icebergs have you melted?

High performance servers, cheap network storage, faster network connections, and improved peripheral performance have become subtle contributors for a culture of IT waste. System designers are increasingly relieved of the burden of designing efficient systems that utilize resources conservatively, and can easily fall back on platitudes like “just add more hardware”. A system designer may […]