3 years, 2 months ago

Volkswagen and the Cost of Culture

Thanks to Volkswagen, we now have an idea of the cost of failing to maintain an ethical culture, roughly $18 billion US (emphasis added in the quoted text below by me): Volkswagen’s financial disclosure on Friday, in a preliminary earnings report, came a day after the company agreed on the outlines of a plan to […]

3 years, 3 months ago

The Demoralised Man

Right now there’s an interesting (to me, anyway!) discussion going on within the Enterprise Architecture Network community on LinkedIn, on the role of ethics in EA, and its relationship with EA as a profession. I’ve added a few quick comments

3 years, 4 months ago

“Want Fries with That?”

Greger Wikstrand and I have been trading posts about architecture, innovation, and organizations as systems (a list of previous posts can be found at the bottom of the page) for quite a while now. His latest, “Technology permeats innovation”, touches on an important point – the need for IT to add value and not just […]

3 years, 8 months ago

First Do No Harm – the Practice of Software Development

Analogies are never perfect, but reading Erik Dietrich’s “Do Programmers Practice Computer Science?” brought one to mind. Software development has much in common with the practice of medicine. Software development, like medicine, involves the application of knowledge. Also like medicine, this application is made complex by considerations of context. Yet another commonality is that in […]

4 years, 2 months ago

Arguing with Drucker

@sheldrake via @cybersal challenges Peter Drucker on the purpose of business.”Peter Drucker asserted that the purpose of business is to create and keep a customer. He was right at the time in offering previously inward-looking firms a more appropriat…

4 years, 2 months ago

Arguing with Drucker

@sheldrake via @cybersal challenges Peter Drucker on the purpose of business.”Peter Drucker asserted that the purpose of business is to create and keep a customer. He was right at the time in offering previously inward-looking firms a more appropriat…

5 years, 1 month ago

Socially Developed Architecture

One of the most challenging aspects in our role as architects is that we often have to influence without direct authority.   We often wrestle with this fact as we may not have the managerial clout and there may be lack of clarity on what precisely we are accountable for.    Perhaps simply stated, we have to be THE accountable party for…

6 years, 7 months ago

EA Professional Oath

The Center for the Advancement of the Enterprise Architecture Profession (CAEAP) has created something that on first sight seems like a very good idea: the Enterprise Architect Professional Oath. The oath itself is one of eight what they call “pillars” of the profession, though from the website it is not yet entirely clear what the […]

Het bericht EA Professional Oath verscheen eerst op Rob Vens.