Diversity Versus Replication of Organizational Processes and Information

I recently had the pleasure of joining a discussion among organizational development professionals.  During that discussion, one individual asked an interesting question: in a distributed organization with multiple operating units, spread geographically around the world, should the organizational structure of each unit be similar? The illustration that the questioner used: organization structure (org charts).  Should…


Steps To Create a Core Diagram

To be fair, these are steps to create a solid understanding of the architecture of a business, but the deliverable is a core diagram, so that’s the title of the post.  I first wrote about a method for creating core diagrams about a year ago, as I was preparing for a talk on the subject…


MSBI–Part 2—What is a core diagram?

In her wildly popular book, Enterprise Architecture As Strategy, Dr. Jeanne Ross describes the use of “core diagrams” in Enterprise Architecture.  Shortly after introducing the notion of “operating models”, she provided four example “core diagrams” from successful companies and noted that each diagram reflected the specific challenges that companies with similar operating models would face….


Creating a Core Diagram for Agile Business

Today, I gave my talk at the Open Group conference that presents a step-by-step method for creating a core diagram that is useful for agile business.  I will blog a series of posts on the topic to share this information to my friends and colleagues on the web. I will create the following posts.  As…


The responsibility of architecture is to create an architecture of responsibility

I cannot take credit for that aphorism… credit goes to Jan Van Til.  He coined the term after reading Tom Graves’ excellent post on the architecture of responsibility.  Tom’s post details the philosophical challenges of a responsibility-based economy.  However, I’d like to get a little more tactical in the Enterprise Architecture space, and discuss more…


Introducing: Ecosystem Quality Attributes

There are benefits to taking an idea from one domain and applying it to another.  We all know of the famous case of “software patterns” that emerged from the concept of architectural patterns developed by Christopher Alexander for the world of building design.  Similarly, we have recently seen the emergence of checklists in medicine which…


Should IT run “like a business” or “like a non-profit?”

Why is it so hard to run IT like a business?  Because, I can choose to be a customer of a business, and I can choose not to be a customer.  Businesses don’t mind because there are usually lots of potential customers, so getting a market share of 1% can lead to a great deal…


SOA in the Diversification Model

This is fifth in a series on the impact of the business operating model on Service Oriented Architecture.  (see overview) Artificial Constraints and the SOA Message In response to another bit of feedback: In these posts, I describe the requirements for a business to adopt SOA.  The question was: am I being careful not to…


SOA in the Replication Model

This is fourth in a series on the impact of the business operating model on Service Oriented Architecture.  (see overview) Does IT choose the operating model? One bit if feedback that I’ve been getting about this series seems to stem from a fundamental misunderstanding of my intent.  I am not intending to offer a set of…


SOA in the Unification Model

This is third in a series on the impact of the business operating model on Service Oriented Architecture.  (see overview) What can you get from this series? My prior post raised a bit of ire with one of my readers, a fellow whom I respect.  He felt that my posts were not telling a positive…