1 month, 11 days ago

At Intersection19 conference

It’s been a while since I’ve been to a conference – eldercare-commitments have rather limited my options for longer-distance travel over the past year or two. In that sense at least, the Intersection19 enterprise-design conference in Lisbon was a very welcome

2 months, 14 days ago

EA in miniature – Part 4: Prototyping

At present, enterprise-architecture is most often used in mid- to larger-sized organisations, and still primarily focussed on IT. Yet what can we learn by applying the same methods to a one-person organisation and their enterprise, and to capabilities beyond IT

2 months, 20 days ago

EA in miniature – Part 3: Getting real

At present, enterprise-architecture is most often used for mid- to larger-sized organisations. Yet what can we learn by applying the same methods at the smallest scale – a one-person organisation and their enterprise? For this series, I’m using my own

2 months, 23 days ago

The Future Enterprise Architect

Before describing the future Enterprise Architect, we will reflect on the current Enterprise Architect, one of their customers – a current line of business leader – and the strained relationship between them. For the sake of personalization, we will call the current Enterprise Architect ‘Archie’, and current line of business leader ‘Loretta’.

In the future state of Enterprise Architecture, the relationship between the two evolves towards one that is more productive and trusted. We describe what a future Enterprise Architect might look like and summarize the salient differences.

2 months, 27 days ago

EA in miniature – Part 2: First steps

What does enterprise-architecture look like at the smallest scale – a one-person organisation and their enterprise? For this series, I’m using my own case as a worked-example. My work is in the enterprise of enterprise-architecture itself: so how do I

3 months, 3 days ago

EA in miniature – Part 1: Introduction

One of the core themes of my work is that enterprise-architecture principles and practices should apply in essentially the same way for every type of content or context, at every scope and scale. I’ve often written about EA at the very large

3 months, 6 days ago

Applications, work-instructions and business-continuity

For business-continuity after disruption or failure, what’s the first thing we’ll need? Answer: an alternative way to do things. For business-process redesign, what’s the first thing we’ll need? Answer: an alternative way to do things. In both cases, we’ll need

3 months, 9 days ago

A checklist for business-transformations

What’s a key tool to help manage something as wide-ranging and complex as a business-transformation? Answer: a checklist. The following checklist for business-transformations is adapted from one that we use in our own work on transformation. A matching slidedeck with

3 months, 16 days ago

A services-checklist for digital-transformation

Digital-transformation is most likely to succeed when it’s based on principles of service-design and service-management. The following transformation-checklist can be applied to all forms and modes of service-delivery – not just IT-based, but any appropriate combinations of people, machines and

3 months, 28 days ago

Managing Digital Transformation with Support of Enterprise Architecture

I applaud the choice in the book “Managing Digital, Concepts and Practices” by Charles T. Betz “to NOT include dedicated chapters on “Project Management” and “Process Management.” Instead, more general chapter titles of “Coordination” and “Investment and Planning” were chosen. I like this because the more general terms get to what must be done and get away from the legacy disciplines that have been assumed to be the right and only way to get them done. In other words, I think we have lost the reason for employing legacy disciplines and they have become embedded, maybe even institutionalized, without accountability for adding value – especially through answering questions to support decisions. On the other hand, I do not feel that one should simply dismiss the goodness of legacy disciplines lest we throw the baby out with the bathwater!

4 months, 2 days ago

Customer Focus From Start to Finish: Delivering Business Change that Makes a Difference

Having the right focus The customer is the most important variable in the equation of success. Please them and you’ll do well; ignore their needs and desires, especially in this age of speed and lower emotional attachment, and you invariably go out of …

4 months, 18 days ago

On ‘shared-enterprise’

What exactly is ‘the enterprise’ in enterprise-architecture? To what extent is that enterprise a shared-enterprise? And how does this affect enterprise-architecture itself? These questions have come up a lot in the past few weeks, in back-and-forth conversations on LinkedIn and elsewhere. The