Thanks for all of your feedback!

Thanks for an incredible community in enterprise architecture

It’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 how to use EA. Your contribution to EA has been immense. We are so lucky to be able to work with you.”

Now I would be lying if I said that I didn’t feel proud when I got this email; but I also feel unworthy. Like so many of the recent Olympic athletes, I wouldn’t be where I am today without the huge contribution that comes from the many architects and EA teams that I’ve had the privilege of working with. Enterprise architecture is a team game. Every architect makes a contribution – we are the sum of our collective knowledge and experience.

So here is a VERY big thank you, to everyone that I have ever worked with:

  • Thank you for your scepticism, doubts, and questions that cause me to search deeply to discover the purpose and value in the process of architecting.
  • Thank you for all of the comments and feedback that helped to tweak and improve the discipline of enterprise architecture.
  • Thank you for all of the suggestions and ideas that have led to better descriptions of enterprise architecture, in its architectural components, constructs and configurations.
  • And of course, thank you for all of the EA projects and initiatives that I’ve been involved with (as a consultant, trainer, mentor or coach) that have created improved enterprise architectures.
  • And thank you most of all for your fascination and interest in this amazing subject. It is the community and spirit of enquiry that makes enterprise architecture my passion, and that will ensure that enterprise architecture is an enduring profession.

It is, indeed, lovely to receive accolades, awards, or encouragement; but receiving such feedback is also a wonderful opportunity to recognise and thank the part we all play, together. I am just one member of this profession; any contribution I make is simply tuning in to the collective consciousness and energy.

Thank you all!

P.S. the first four bullet points relate to four meanings different meanings of the term, “enterprise architecture”.