Moving Towards a Theory of Enterprise Architecture

I’ve been asked a number of times over the years if I can explain the theory of Enterprise Architecture.  I decided recently to reopen that idea.  It’s not a new discussion.  I refer to Tom Graves post on the Theory of EA from 2012 where he posits that the theory of EA, if one were…

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Rumination on the concept of “best practice”

I heard some very interesting talks today from Len Fehskens and Jeff Scott at the Open Group conference.  One thing that I picked up in a meeting yesterday was the notion that TOGAF 9.1 is built on “best practices.”  Today, as Jeff spoke about the transformation of a technical architect into a business architect, and…

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Time-to-Release – the missing System Quality Attribute

I’ve been looking at different ways to implement the ATAM method these past few weeks.  Why?  Because I’m looking at different ways to evaluate software architecture and I’m a fan of the ATAM method pioneered at the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.  Along the way, I’ve realized that there is a flaw that…

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Has the concept of “alignment” entered the infamous “trough of disillusionment?”

In the May 15th issue of CIO magazine, there is a rather interesting article, especially for Enterprise Architecture practitioners.  The article, written by Stephanie Overby (a freelance writer), is titled “RIP I.T. Value” and opens with the following paragraph: The end of IT-business alignment is nigh.  And no one is happier about it than the…

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Systematic Simplification

When you want to find an answer to a problem, it is critical that you ask the right question.  This bit of advice is playing out in my life, yet again. Every couple of months, I bump up against one of the core reasons for Enterprise Architecture to exist: to deliver a simpler, more agile,…

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