5 hours ago

Enterprise Architecture and Agile do muddy the waters of Digital Transformation

In “Architecture is Dying – Why EA and Agile isn’t enough to stop Shadow IT”, Barry O’Reilly writes for IASA, “an association for all IT architects”, that “architecture is dying”…
Barry expects though a backlash for saying this “horr…

4 days ago

Should Security Architecture remain separate from other Architecture disciplines?

In my travels, I have come to observe that many organizations separate out security architecture from other architectures. Does this make sense? Large organizations often have governance practices such as an Architecture Review Board (ARB) yet defer the system quality attribute of security to another entity. Does this beg the question of whether security professionals […]

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6 days ago

Form Follows Function on SPaMCast 438

Once again, I’m making an appearance on Tom Cagley’s Software Process and Measurement (SPaMCast) podcast. This week’s episode, number 438, features Tom’s essay on using sizing for software testing, Kim Pries with a Software Sensei column (canned solutions), and a Form Follows Function installment based on my post “Organizations as Systems and Innovation”. In this […]

6 days ago

Cut and Paste Enterprise Architecture

Throughout my professional career, I have been afforded the opportunity to learn a lot about the inner-workings of both P&C and Life insurers. The insurance industry has a consortium (ACORD) that produces a widely adopted business capability map that many insurers leverage as part of their enterprise architecture practice. There is goodness in insurers collaborating via consortium […]

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16 days ago

Enterprise Architecture: Why aren’t more organizations moving from good to great?

Gartner publishes thought provoking research on the discipline of enterprise architecture. We aid our clients in developing their vision to stage planning a Business-Outcome-Driven Enterprise Architecture. We even provide a toolkit to help determine your business scope and focus. This begs the question, why aren’t we seeing more organizations with high levels of enterprise architecture […]

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18 days ago

Enterprise Architecture and Lean Thinking: Part One

Prior to joining Gartner, I was an Enterprise Architect practitioner for a Fortune 100 enterprise that embraced Lean Thinking. The principles of driving both business-outcome driven EA and holistic technology implementations across value streams was something I got really good at. I found joy in enterprise programs that came with big hairy audacious goals (BHAG) for […]

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18 days ago

Dialog versus Discussion

There are subtle differences between a dialog and a discussion that many enterprise architecture and technology professionals may not fully appreciate. For purposes of this discussion, I have included a table that should help provide clarity on their distinction. Dialog Discussion  Starts with listening  Starts with speaking  Is about speaking with  Is about speaking to  Focuses […]

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20 days ago

Can Document Review Inquiry help improve Enterprise Architecture Outcomes?

Do you know what a Document Review Inquiry is? Sadly, I didn’t know what one was until I joined Gartner. After interacting with Gartner analysts over dozens of years while working at various Fortune 100 enterprises, I never came to appreciate how much more effective I could have been if I only had known about […]

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