Towards Next Practice Enterprise Architecture
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Towards Next Practice Enterprise Architecture

About the Book

This book stems from a growing frustration with what I call “mainstream” enterprise architecture (EA).

  • Is mainstream EA perhaps losing momentum and influence?
  • Does EA have a problem of scope and perspective?
  • Or is there a lack of relevance to practical business problems?

So what’s the alternative? Can emerging approaches to EA help to re-establish practical business


There are many ideas within Systems Thinking (ST) that could be relevant. So among other things, I shall

be looking at possible cross-fertilization between EA and ST.

  • What practical lessons can EA learn from ST, and what are the opportunities and challenges for collaboration between the two disciplines?
  • What practical benefits can a systems thinking perspective bring to enterprise architecture?
  • Which of the tools and techniques of systems practice can usefully be added to the enterprise architecture toolbox?
  • How can enterprise architects, systems thinkers and others work together in multi-disciplinary teams?

This book doesn’t claim to provide a full set of answers to these questions, but represents a preliminary exploration of what a solution might look like. My hope is to encourage other EA thinkers and practitioners to go beyond fancy diagrams and rhetoric and to work together to develop a properly grounded approach.

About the Author

Richard Veryard
Richard Veryard

Richard is a business data architect based in London.

Read his architecture blog at

Table of Contents

    • Preface
      • Purpose of book
      • Structure of book
      • Shoulders of giants
      • Acknowledgements
      • Version Notes
      • Links
  • Thesis
    • Introduction
      • What is EA (Enterprise Architecture)?
      • What is ST (Systems Thinking)?
      • On the unreliability of labels
      • An encounter between Enterprise Architecture (EA) and System Thinking (ST)
      • Satiable curtiosity
    • EA Background
      • EA agenda
      • EA History
      • Body of Knowledge
      • EA Schools and Doctrines
      • EA Parallels
      • EA Theory
      • EA Issues
    • ST Background
      • ST History
      • ST Schools
      • We Ought to Know the Difference
      • ST Theory
    • Concepts and Claims
      • System
      • Enterprise AS system
      • Models and Modelling
      • Complexity
      • Determinism
      • Cybernetics
      • Sovereignty
      • Architecture and Abstraction
      • Pluralism
      • Shearing Layers
      • Emergence
      • Articulation
      • Layering
      • Boundary Perimeter Edge
      • Maturity
    • Comparing and Contrasting EA and ST
      • On Hard and Soft Systems in Technology
      • Stance
  • Antithesis
    • Critique
      • Pitfalls and misconceptions
      • From Sedimented Principles to Enabling Prejudices
      • EA Value Proposition
      • Emergent Dysfunction
      • Anti-Fragile
      • Architecture and Logic
      • Reality
      • Perspective in Depth
      • How progressive are EA and ST?
      • Mutual Evaluation
    • General background
      • Preliminary remarks on practice
      • Developing a practice
      • Is EA a science?
      • Preliminary Remarks on Theory
      • The Nature and Nurture of Engineering
      • Methodologies and Frameworks
  • Synthesis
      • Hybrid Thinking
      • Combining and converging EA with ST
      • Theoretical convergence
      • Structure, Strategy and Execution
      • Design for Regulation
      • Consilience
    • Towards Next Practice EA
      • Why do we need next practice?
      • Agenda
    • New Elements
      • Lenscraft
      • Asymmetric design
      • Emergent Architecture
      • Meeting in the Middle - the New Architecture
      • Organic architecture
      • From Pace Layering to Panarchitecture
      • VPEC-T
    • Next Action
  • Appendixes
    • Glossary
    • References
      • Recommended Reading
      • Other References
      • Topic-Specific Sources
    • Out of Scope
      • Adam’s Law
      • Research programme
      • Third-Order Requirements Engineering
      • Aristotle’s Ten Categories of Being
  • Notes

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