Business Performance Management, the next big thing…again

We all possess the gene to want to solve problems when faced with them. It’s human nature. People form organizations and this gene sometimes manifests itself in organizational titles and roles invented to address organizational challenges. This is natural too. For example, when support organizations face the challenge of aligning to business organizations, we see…

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The Planning Paradox

One of my uncle’s favorite jokes goes like this: Greg: “Hey Gabriel, say to me ‘what’s the most important thing about humor?’” Gabriel: “Okay Greg, what’s the mo-“ Greg: “Timing.” [At this point, you’re supposed to laugh] “Timing” is the most important thing to business strategy planning As it turns out, timing is also the…

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Business Architect Skills Assessment

Six years ago I posted a blog article called Solution Architect Skills Idea. At the time, I was a practicing Solution Architect pushing the boundaries to mature the Solution Architect discipline. I built the Solution Architect Skills Assessment to help organize the skills I felt were necessary to be a world class Solution Architect and…

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How do you reward failure?

I was a participant in a recent survey facilitated by the Corporate Executive Board’s Enterprise Architect community forum regarding “How do you reward failure?” My response to the survey triggered a bunch of emails from other members to me noting how much they liked my response so I thought it might be worthy to share…

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Enterprise Architecture: First stop, Building Architecture, then on to a Science!

The Building Architecture industry is frustrated with IT Architecture. There is so much interest among IT Architecture forums to mature to the level of Building Architecture that many in the world are very confused. Building Architects looking for resources on the internet for Building Architecture resources now have to sift through tons of IT Architecture…

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IT Organizations, like any Business Support Organization, Deliver Business Value

As one traverses organizations in a company, the further you get from a business group responsible for producing products and services that generate revenue, the more difficult it is to describe the business value delivered. Among all the Business Support organizations in a company (eg Sales, Support, HR, Finance, IT, etc) IT is probably the…

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Business Architecture is Business Performance Management with Engineering Rigor

I’ve been performing a Business Architect role within the Enterprise Architecture function over the past few years and wanted to share some opinions I’ve formed to help jog, and possibly advance, the thinking in the space of Business Architecture by colliding Traditional Business Architecture with business management processes like Business Performance Management. Traditional Business Architecture…

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