EA Leadership and Compromise: Sometimes, success is not what you think it will be

About a week ago, I blogged a short story about a fictional town that faced a problem, with two competing solutions.  There are many observations about life in corporate IT that I included in that story: how different people can end up competing when they should be working together, how ideas can get in the…

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The Little Town of Busit

Once upon a time, there was a little town called Busit in a valley, deep in the mountains.  Through the middle of this valley ran the river Menatz. The valley was fertile and the farmers produced bountiful crops of grain, vegetables, and fruit.  The livestock was well fed and the people had plenty.  However, every…

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Are we documenting the wrong things?

James McGovern blogged recently about his dislike of documentation as part of software development.  While I disagree with his style and penchant for hyperbole, McGovern asks some good questions.  Do we create documentation “because we should” or do we create documentation in situations where it has proven useful, where people read the documentation, and where…

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Enterprise Architects Are The Gears, Not The Grease

I’ve often heard “soft” metaphors used when discussing Enterprise Architects.  Some compare EA to the grease in a machine… necessary for the machine to run but we don’t provide the energy for progress so much as we reduce the friction.  Others use a “sticky” metaphor, saying that EA is the glue that connects strategy to…

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Business Architecture Apprentice Training Model

There is no question that businesses need Business Architects.  There is no question that business architecture in an important set of activities.  The question is, really, where do we get them? I’ve seen no lack of interest in this field.  If anything, there is a steady supply of willing folks in IT who would love…

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How many business architects do you need?

This is an interesting question, and it depends on a lot of different kinds of answers.  The business architecture team here in Microsoft IT has developed a set of services that they will offer to various customers, both within IT and in the business.  There is also a mapping showing which people, within the BA…

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