5 years, 6 months ago

The Enterprise Architect of Hamelyn

Stakeholder ConcernEnterprise FocusProject Focus
The city of Hamelyn is plagued with rats.This indicates a serious problem with the “Public Health and Hygiene” capability.We just need a quick project to eliminate the rats. So we buy some “Eliminate Creature” capability from an external vendor.
The Pied Piper gets rid of the rats.Real business problem has not been addressed. Let’s now push on with the next phase of solving the problem.Project successful.

The Pied Piper is too expensive.We need a careful transition plan while we build an in-house capability.Let us immediately renegotiate our contract with the vendor.
The Pied Piper gets rid of the children.It turns out that the Pied Piper can reuse his “Eliminate Creature” capability for other purposes.!*!?**!
Which Role?Enterprise Architect?
Strategic Procurement?
Solution Architect?
Tactical Procurement?

See also my article “Requirements Engineering as if Stakeholders Mattered” (Requirenautics Quarterly, Issue 29, August 2003, pdf)

5 years, 6 months ago

The Enterprise Architect of Hamelyn

Stakeholder ConcernEnterprise FocusProject Focus
The city of Hamelyn is plagued with rats.This indicates a serious problem with the “Public Health and Hygiene” capability.We just need a quick project to eliminate the rats. So we buy some “Eliminate Creature” capability from an external vendor.
The Pied Piper gets rid of the rats.Real business problem has not been addressed. Let’s now push on with the next phase of solving the problem.Project successful.

The Pied Piper is too expensive.We need a careful transition plan while we build an in-house capability.Let us immediately renegotiate our contract with the vendor.
The Pied Piper gets rid of the children.It turns out that the Pied Piper can reuse his “Eliminate Creature” capability for other purposes.!*!?**!
Which Role?Enterprise Architect?
Strategic Procurement?
Solution Architect?
Tactical Procurement?

See also my article “Requirements Engineering as if Stakeholders Mattered” (Requirenautics Quarterly, Issue 29, August 2003, pdf)

6 years, 6 months ago

Some Thoughts on Outsourcing

Link: http://dougnewdick.wordpress.com/2013/03/28/some-thoughts-on-outsourcing/

I was discussing outsourcing with a friend the other day. I work in government IT, and outsourcing is used widely in government. He was discussing the tricky nature of being brought in as an independent vendor to the outsourcing vendor. What this brought up was something that is often overlooked in outsourcing deals, especially major ones. That is: any organisation that outsources a function (such as its IT) usually does so in the hope of saving money by shedding large amounts of staff. But, they usually don’t factor in that they will need additional staff with different skills to manage that outsourcer.

Read moreSome Thoughts on Outsourcing

7 years, 6 months ago

Architecture-Led Procurement

#entarch #procurement #acquisition Here are my slides from the EA Forum on Thursday.

I am planning to run some workshops on the subject for Unicom in the UK, with a pilot provisionally scheduled for June 2012. I’ve very keen to talk to anyone who has …

7 years, 6 months ago

Architecture-Led Procurement

#entarch #procurement #acquisition Here are my slides from the EA Forum on Thursday.

I am planning to run some workshops on the subject for Unicom in the UK, with a pilot provisionally scheduled for June 2012. I’ve very keen to talk to anyone who has …

8 years, 4 months ago

Selecting Public Cloud Services – Focus on What’s Different

I had the opportunity to participate in a panel discussion last week with a few of my PwC colleagues, Cara Beston and Greg Dupier, during which we talked about both private clouds and also what it takes for businesses to offer public cloud services.  What made this discussion unique for me was that the audience was largely made up of U.S. government contractors, so they were particularly focused on the federal direction and mandates about […]

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8 years, 11 months ago

Organizational architect as fixer

In his post Hire An Architect, Seth Godin thinks of the organizational architect as a kind of fixer.

“Organizational architects know how to find suppliers, use the cloud (of people, of data, of resources), identify freelancers, tie together disparate …