Inspiration

Free Online Course on Architectural Thinking

I’ve just put together a new online course about Architectural Thinking. This is a subject that is dear to my heart, so I’ve made this course freely available to anyone who is interested in the subject. All you have to do is click on the Enroll for Free button to gain access. You’ll need to…

3 myths about information and IT

In this post I’d like to debunking three popular myths about information and information technology. Myth 1: The best way to improve the use of information is to invest in information technology. This is an expensive and time-consuming way to make improvements, but it is the route favoured by the technology vendors, big consultancies, and…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…