Sharing the Solution Domain Taxonomy

Sometimes, Enterprise Architecture efforts fail.  This is no surprise to folks in the EA business.  This failure occurred slowly, back in 2007 and 2008.  But it did occur.  It took me a while to realize it.  I had developed a method useful for Application Portfolio Management as well as for Service Oriented Architecture called “Solution…

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Video Podcast: How Microsoft Does Enterprise Architecture

It is amazing how often I need to share the very basic concept of Enterprise Architecture with my peers, customers, stakeholders, and associates.  Microsoft’s customers often ask about Enterprise Architecture, and when our customers come to visit us in the Microsoft Executive Briefing Center, they are more frequently bringing their Enterprise Architects along for the…

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Three word definition of Enterprise Architecture: Reduce Unnecessary Effort

I was speaking with a software architect, yesterday, after Martin Sykes, Mark West, and myself presented our ideas around Visual Stories to about 150 consultants.  He asked me about my role and when I explained that I am an Enterprise Architect, he asked what that is.  I got my chance to use my new three…

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Inserting Architectural Governance into the IT Program Funding Cycle

People do what you pay them to do.  That much is clear.  In most businesses, if you pay (reward, incentive) your employees for performing a particular task, then the task will be performed.  Also in most businesses, people are busy, so if you don’t pay them to perform a particular task, it largely won’t be…

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