Why the Zachman Framework is not an ontology

John Zachman has been making an interesting claim in the last few years… he is claiming that the Zachman Framework for Enterprise Architecture, a creation of his that, through many revisions across the years, has formed a cornerstone of Enterprise Architectural practice in many parts of the world, is an ontology. It is not. Let’s…

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Does IEEE-1471 Define Enterprise Architecture?

Michael Poulin recently blogged on EBizQ some of his challenges with applying IEEE-1471 to enterprise architecture.  For those not familiar with IEEE-1471, it is an ISO standard definition of “software architecture” that defines key concepts such as View, Viewpoint, Stakeholder, Model, and Architecture.  For folks who would like a refresher on 1471, and how it…

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Modeling User Experience Scenarios

I’m working on modeling some requirements for a document management system.  I’m a big fan of using models to represent every element, from goals and strategies through to business processes.  From there, I model use cases and requirements and on down to system components that fulfill those requirements.  Just call me a traceability hound. I…

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How to Develop a Governance Program (that doesn’t suck the life out of your organization)

Enterprise Architecture has a role to play in both developing a vision of the future, and in providing governance and oversight to make sure that the organization can measure its progress towards that future. The governance part is tricky.  Architectural Governance is part of a larger fabric of governance that needs to exist throughout the…

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Collaboration without common values is fruitless

One thing that any new Enterprise Architect realizes, on or around their first day of work, is that there are not very many other Enterprise Architects in their organization.  It is easy to look around and discover that you are the one and only Enterprise Architect, or part of a very small team.  That doesn’t…

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The most difficult things

The single hardest thing to get a person to do, is think. If you can get a person to think, the next most difficult thing to get them to do is change. Therefore, if you want people to change, don’t ask them to think. My father used to tell me, “You have two choices: getting…

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The Value of Enterprise Architecture

“Waiter, Waiter!” The customer sat in the corner of the busy cafe, with a seaming bowl of soup, frantically waving to the retreating waiter who had just set the bowl down and hurried away.  Frustrated, he turned, but did not advance. “What is it, sir?” “Waiter, try this soup,” the customer replied. Curious, he walked…

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Does EA need a name change?

Recently, Tim Westbrock asked, in his blog, if we should drop the term “Enterprise Architecture” when referring to the strategic business planning perspective within the EA role.  “The question that I will leave you all with is this:  Can EA be successfully evolved to become a tool of business strategic planners, senior executives and boards…

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Microsoft annual Day of Caring becomes part of National Day of Service

Now that the president and the United Way have teamed up to proclaim that 9/11 shall be honored, each year, with a national day of service and volunteerism, Microsoft jumped onto the band wagon in large numbers.  Thousands of individual Microsoft Employees signed up for our annual Day of Caring activities, a tradition that goes…

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On becoming and being a Mensch

I mentioned to a Christian friend of mine, yesterday, that I consider him to be a “mensch.”  He was unaware of the term, and it made me wonder what other folks say about the becoming and being a mensch.  I ran across Guy Kawasaki’s blog post on the topic, but to me, his post didn’t…

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