6 years, 7 months ago

Link: disrupt thyself

“Success in self-disruption requires at least the following six elements:

1. An autonomous business unit. The unit should have all the functional skills it needs to succeed, freeing it from reliance on the parent organization, and it must not report to the business or businesses that are being disrupted.

2. Leaders who come from the relevant “schools of experience.” These leaders have addressed a variety of challenges, especially in the kinds of problems the new growth business will face. They are often necessarily sourced from outside the organization” …

source link: bmichelson on tumblr excerpting HBR article on Disrupting Consulting
via Diigo

Additional disruption of consulting in Scott Berkun’s Consultants Should All Get Real Jobs

6 years, 7 months ago

The Open Group TweetJam on Digital-Disruption – by Tom Graves

On 2 October 2013, the Open Group ran one of its occasional ‘TweetJam’ Twitter-discussions – also known as an #ogChat. This time it was on digital disruption – disruption to existing business-models, typically (but, as we will see, not only) by … Continue reading

6 years, 11 months ago

Whence, Angels?

As you’ve read over past couple of years, we’ve started investing in a hybrid Angel/VC model.  Lots of risk, lots of upside, and lots of fun new things to learn.  Applying Capability Driven Methods to management from the start has been both f…

7 years, 6 months ago

Not the New Normal

What’s the trend? What’s going to be the New Normal, in business and elsewhere? Perhaps it’s just that time of year when people indulge in pointless ‘predictions’, but I’ve been seeing lots of articles recently that something-or-other either is or

7 years, 7 months ago

Disruptive technology take two. Enterprise architecture is about…

Disruptive technology take two.

Enterprise architecture is about the design of useful systems. Usefulness is first, second, and lastly a function of human intentions.

75% of NMIT students use exactly none of their institution-provided file storage:


They use consumer cloud service instead. 

The service designers did not bother to discover and understand the technical subjectivity of their intended users.

7 years, 7 months ago

So, have you asked these two questions lately: What…

So, have you asked these two questions lately:

  • What possibilities for action does a system allow its participants?
  • How might participants in a system overcome or subvert its constraints?

If you haven’t asked yourself some version of these questions then you have not yet understood, social identity, consumerisation, BYOD, mobile, and a whole host of so-called disruptive technologies – because you don’t understand how they disrupt your system.

Never fear, these two discussions of cell-phone subjectivity should help fire up your imagination.

The Architecture of the Cell Phone

Cell Phones and Meeting Points in a Featureless Landscape

7 years, 11 months ago

I don’t know

I don’t know. There – how hard was that to say? For some people, seemingly impossible. But as an enterprise-architect and a generalist, I have to be able to say it often – very often, in fact. Because the fact is that I don’t know most things – not in fine-detail, anyway. Nothing like as well […]

8 years, 5 months ago

Work-in-progress – two more books

Another follow-on to the earlier post ‘Helping others make sense of my work‘, just a quick note to let you know about two current book-projects. The first has a working-title of The enterprise as story: the role of narrative in enterprise-architecture. This has been a major theme on this blog for the past couple of years […]