A few thoughts on business architecture for emergent strategy

 Note: I originally published a version of this post as a comment on the Forrester blog in response to Gene Leganza’s article here, entitled “Aligning to Emergent Strategy".  Gene’s article offers an idea for how to approach Business Architecture when business strategy is emergent – that is, when many different business groups’ actions are only…

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Enterprise Agility | NetObjectives: SIPOC helps you figure out where to start

Some very good basic advice here from Jim Trott at NetObjectives about applying lean principles and systems thinking to improve software development.   An excerpt:  “When it comes to analyzing where to start in helping a development organization, it often makes sense to talk to the Business, which is the customer of the dev group, as…

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Seth’s Blog: The Billion-Dollar T-Shirt

Ontological uncertainty exists when, even if you perfectly know and understand the environment you’re in, you still can’t predict the impact of your actions because the system is changing faster than the ripple effects of your actions can play out.  This is the situation Seth Godin faced when, back in 1993-94, he wrote a book…

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Swarm intelligence is a way to augment – not replace – our humanity

Interesting post here on swarm intelligence, but there’s a danger in applying this concept in a disempowering way.  Fundamentally, this is an empowering technological advancement that can help people cope with huge volume information in our lives, and in most cases I believe it’s best used to augment –and not replace — our humanity.  I…

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Computing Is A Liberal Art, Part 3: Strategies for Reinforcing Loops and the Hive Mind

Technorati Tags: innovation , systems thinking , complexity science , adaptive , change , learning , Popfly , computing is a liberal art , knowledge , cyborg Here’s a conundrum: if knowledge is personal, how do I benefit from what you "know"?  One, if you help me learn you can reduce the transaction costs for…

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Computing Is A Liberal Art, Part 2: Knowledge is personal

Technorati Tags: innovation , systems thinking , complexity science , adaptive , change , learning , Popfly , computing is a liberal art , knowledge , cyborg In the natural world, few (if any) things grow without limits.  In the case of information volume, one of those limits may be our ability to turn information…

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Build to last is dead, speed rules, competency is currency. Resistance is futile.

Technorati Tags: innovation , systems thinking , adaptive , change , decision making , learning , context aware , cyborg An email exchange with a few colleauges last night, including Chris Bernard and Josh Holmes, got me thinking about the network as platform concept.  I went on a bit of rant, and Chris suggested I…

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Learning to thrive in times of accelerating change

Technorati Tags: continuous learning , systems thinking , adaptive , change , learning Over the last couple of years I’ve often heard about the need for a "sense and respond" capability — to sense what’s happening in our businesses and to respond in a timely, effective way.  I believe these capabilities will be increasingly valuable…

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A GREAT collection of Lean Software Development Info

Technorati Tags: systems thinking , lean manufacturing , lean , six sigma , learning , software development methods I just stumbled across Brad Appleton’s fantastic collection of resources on Lean and Agile software development.  Books, presentations, articles and papers, websites and blogs…  this is a gold mine for any one who wants to deepen their…

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Ontological Uncertainty and Innovation

Thought folks might find this 2004 working paper from David A. Lane and Robert Maxfield at the Sante Fe Institute of interest:  http://www.santafe.edu/research/publications/workingpapers/04-06-014.pdf.  It’s a little dense, to say the least, so I posted this brief summary of which elements caught my attention….      As I read it (I’m simplifying, and the authors don’t explicitly reference systems thinking), “ontological uncertainty” is essentially…

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