1 year, 6 months ago

Fly Your IT Higher to Avoid Turbulence

Information Technology is dead, long live Information Technology! Traditional IT departments are said to be dying. However, the amount and importance of information is not decreasing. Quite in contrary. New digital business poses new requirements as to…

2 years, 7 months ago

Three Breeds of CIOs

I have earlier suggested that Enterprise Architecture be designed and built around organizational accountability levels and be divided vertically into three distinct yet interlinked architectures. It can be further argued that all IT work in organizati…

3 years, 7 months ago

Espoused EA and EA-in-use

In their seminal work on human and organizational learning, Chris Argyris and Donald Schön (1974, 1978) make a distinction between espoused theories and theories-in-use. Espoused theories are accounts of a person’s or an organization’s actions given to others, while theories-in-use…

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3 years, 10 months ago

Tripartite Approach to Enterprise Architecture

I recently co-authored a journal paper [1] on Enterprise Architecture, in which we propounded that architectural work in an enterprise be designed and built around organizational accountability levels and be divided into three distinct yet interlinked …

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4 years, 2 months ago

How information systems learn

In his book “How Buildings Learn: What Happens After They’re Built,” Stewart Brand notes that building architectures are mainly designed from the spatial perspective, whereas the temporal dimension receives less attention. Building on the notion of She…

4 years, 6 months ago

There is Not a Simple Solution to Every Problem

“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” This maxim, attributed to Albert Einstein, bears particular relevance to how problems should be approached. There is not a simple solution to every problem. Simple problems can be solv…

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4 years, 11 months ago

Scaling Agile Beyond the Team

The agile movement has traditionally focused on agile software development at the team level. Team-based approaches, such as Scrum, focus on delivering day-to-day customer value, but do not, per se, ensure a strategic approach to business agility at th…

5 years, 1 month ago

How to Make Work Take Off?

In his best seller book Getting Things Done, David Allen identifies six vertically arrayed perspectives from which to define work. Using an aerospace analogy, he recognizes the following “altitudes”: 50,000+ feet: Life 40,000 feet: Vision 30,000 feet: …

5 years, 3 months ago

Work Systems and Requisite Inquiry

In my previous post, I expounded upon Hoebeke’s (1994) notion that work is vertically organized as recursively interlinked work system domains and postulated a link between these structural domains and the ontological domains of the Cynefin framework (…