2 years, 10 months ago

The Pioneers of Enterprise Architecture

I’ve been involved with enterprise architecture since the early 1980s, so I think of myself as a second-generation architect. I learnt about enterprise architecture through a mixture of meeting other architects, reading widely around the subject and related disciplines, and, of course, through hard graft and experience. Nowadays there are many enterprise architects practising their art and science…

3 years, 7 days ago

8 useful links for all Enterprise Architects

I’ve just been going back over some notes from the last six months. Here are some links that I have found particularly interesting or useful: 8 takeaways from IRM’s UK Enterprise Architecture Conference 2016 What makes an Enterprise Architect The End of EA and IT as we know it Ten practical ideas for organizing and managing your…

3 years, 29 days ago

Simplifying through organization – #56

I was reminded last week of the need to simplify through organization. A client had the usual EA documentation – masses and masses of diagrams, slides, documents – all in a glorious muddle. A simple classification scheme started to turn the mess into something more useful and reusable. Here is lesson #56 from 101 Lessons From…

3 years, 2 months ago

Thanks for all of your feedback!

Thanks for an incredible community in enterprise architectureIt’s always lovely when you get positive feedback for your work and contributions. I was deeply moved by a recent note from a course organiser, who wrote, “Thank you once again for running the perfect training program for our team. You are one of the few people who really knows why and…

3 years, 2 months ago

Essential Architecture

It’s good to see other architects making their argument for the relevance, importance, and necessity of enterprise architecture. This post from Steve Else is another voice talking about essential architecture. I’m with Steve. He makes the point that enterprise architecture continues to be a phrase that is defined and redefined, although I think there is a broad consensus on…

3 years, 4 months ago

Enterprise Architecture – four meanings

It sounds like a simple question when someone asks – “what is enterprise architecture?”. But if you have been on the responding end of this question, it isn’t always easy to come up with a clear and succinct answer! After 40 or so years, you would think that the answer was simple, but… I’ve found it…

3 years, 9 months ago

Systems and EA

How does systems thinking really apply to enterprise architectureOne of the things I like most about the festive season is the chance to reset – there’s space and time to think about what happened in the previous year, what the future might bring, and most of all – time to spend with the special people in your…

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4 years, 1 month ago

Why did I become an Enterprise Architect?

You meet someone new. They ask you what you do… I say, “I’m an Enterprise Architect”, and this usually gets the conversation off to a difficult start, because the next question about what is an enterprise architect can be a tricky one. But on this occasion the response was: why did you become an Enterprise Architect? Well I…

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4 years, 4 months ago

How to Scale Up Excellence in an Organization

A fascinating 10 minute video from Stanford’s Robert Sutton. It discusses the mind-set and strategies of companies that are most adept at building and spreading high standards. And here is the link to “Robert Sutton’s Guide to Excellence”: http://strat.bz/wqRmb2P.

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4 years, 4 months ago

Capitalizing on Complexity and Uncertainty

Darren Dalcher, one of my colleagues at Cutter Consortium, has written an Advisor about “The Third Knowledge Revolution: Learning to Live with Uncertainty” (Cutter login required) that has a lot of relevance to enterprise architects. My experience, research and client work shows that knowledge is one of eight fundamental factors that we need to include in EA…

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4 years, 6 months ago

101 Lessons From Enterprise Architecture

Short observations about the practice of enterprise architecture“101 Lessons From Enterprise Architecture” – a succinct collection of useful tips and guidelines for Enterprise Architects – is now available. “101 Lessons From Enterprise Architecture” by Roger Evernden: on Amazon.com “101 Lessons From Enterprise Architecture” by Roger Evernden: on Amazon.co.uk This is a book for enterprise architects…

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5 years, 1 month ago

EA Voices

A great way to know what’s going on in the EA communityIt’s always useful to get a sense of what is going on in the EA community. One way to do this is to follow the leading EA practitioners via their blogs… but a better way is to look at this planet, EA Voices, which…

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