Ten Ways to Kill An Enterprise Architecture Practice

Have you seen practices that you know could kill an Enterprise Architecture practice?  I have.  A recent LinkedIn thread asked for examples, and I came up with my top ten.  I’d love to hear your additions to the list. How to screw up an EA practice Get a senior leader to ask for EA without…

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A Modern Update to The Blind Men and The Elephant

My humble apologies to John Godfrey Saxe, whose poem I have modified to add a seventh man, and to make a point…   ‘twas seven men of Indostan To learning much inclined, Who went to see the Elephant (Though all of them were blind), That each by observation Might satisfy his mind. The First approach’d…

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On vacation

…at a really great place.  I’m at Rancho La Puerta, a “destination spa” in Tecate Mexico (just south of the US border in the Baja California).  Now that my wife and I have been here a couple of days, I can heartily recommend the experience.  I am eating healthy, delicious food, prepared by excellent chefs,…

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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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Very Funny – Trailer for Office 2010 – The Movie

Even non-geeks will get a huge kick out of this, and I’m betting that most of the folks who follow my blog will find it as funny as I did… Word up.  My only question for the MS Marketing guys who finally loosened up enough to pay for a viral video: What Took You So…

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ouch

I started two good blog posts today.  Both will wait for another day, as I take this space to say goodbye to three colleagues friends  from my department who were laid off today. Gentlemen, I am sorry to see you go.  I consider myself blessed  to have had the opportunity to work with such talented,…

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Architecture in a hot air balloon

There is a joke that I sometimes like to refer to, more as an allegorical story than anything else.  This version is from AJokeADay.com: A man in a hot air balloon realized he was lost. He reduced altitude and spotted a woman below. He descended a bit more and shouted,” Excuse me, can you help?…

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Ship It!

It’s been a while since I was blogging regularly.  The reason: I was in a ship cycle.  As we approached our deadline for delivery of a comprehensive end-to-end information model for information technology, more and more of my time was spent focusing on the details.  Is it explained well enough?  Are all of the connections…

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