11 days ago

Productive Organisational Paradoxes

Here are the slides from my talk at the SCiO open day in London earlier this year. You can watch them static and download the slide-deck from here, or play it with animations below. Related posts: SASSY Architecture From Distinction to Value and Back What can Social Systems Theory bring to the VSM? QUTE: Enterprise […]

2 months, 15 days ago

Confirming the direction

Yeah, it’s been a while since I wrote anything new here… – kind of overdue for Normal Service Will Be Resumed and all that…? But yes, I am still here, still working, still pushing onward. And gratified to see that, yes,

7 months, 2 days ago

Intimations of arrogance? – an addendum

Carrying on from the previous post, with a bit of an explanation about why I’m becoming so much of ‘a grumpy old guy’… Here’s the blunt fact: I’m not a good thinker. I know that. Too many gaps in my knowledge,

7 months, 2 days ago

SASSY Architecture

SASSY Architecture is a practice of combining two seemingly incompatible paradigms. The first one is based on non-contradiction and supports the vision for an ACE enterprise (Agile, Coherent, Efficient), through 3E enterprise descriptions (Expressive, Extensible, Executable), achieving “3 for the price of 1”: Enterprise Architecture, Governance, and Data Integration. The second is based on self-reference […]

7 months, 10 days ago

Intimations of arrogance from a grumpy old guy?

Okay, I admit it: I’m at real risk right now of becoming a grumpy old guy: Getting snappy at people on LinkedIn and all that. More than a fair bit of that phrase about “Will not suffer fools gladly”. Patience strained

8 months, 6 days ago

Building effectiveness in a small business

One of the great things about doing my ‘Tetradian on Architectures‘ mini-video series is that I get to tackle real-world questions about everyday enterprise-architecture, sent in by people all around the world. In this case, for the current episode in

8 months, 14 days ago

Toolsets for enterprise-architecture – another try

What tools and toolsets do we need, to support our work in the architecture of the enterprise as a whole? The short and more cynical answer is “Not what we have right now”. To be blunt, maybe none of the

9 months, 4 days ago

Against fragmentation

If we’re trying to make sense of systems, our greatest enemy is fragmentation. Or, to be more precise, the type of fragmentation that arises from misuse of analysis. Specialise, says analysis. Specialise again! And specialise the specialisms! Hyperspecialise! Cut it

10 months, 16 days ago

Documenting the Not-known

In our work on simplifying the ‘inventory’ of tools and techniques I’d developed for whole-enterprise architecture and the like, one of the challenges we keep hitting up against is how to capture ideas, information and insights, as they appear during

11 months, 11 days ago

Sensemaking and the flocking of Boyds

It began with an octopus; wandered into an accidental remark about “a flocking of Boyds”; and then drifted off somewhat sideways from there. But seems that this crabwise shuffle may be leading somewhere useful – for my current explorations of

11 months, 25 days ago

Sensemaking: Down in the dungeons

Following on from the previous post ‘Sensemaking: Into the void‘, what’s a good everyday analogy or example on how to develop our skills in sensemaking and strategy? In particular, how to understand, apply and use the ‘sense, make-sense, decide, act‘