The 'EA theory, tools and frameworks' bundle
The 'EA theory, tools and frameworks' bundle
About the Bundle
The ‘EA theory, tools and frameworks’ bundle: Theory and tools for enterprise architectures.
This bundle of anthologies from the Tetradian weblog covers the underlying theory behind enterprise architecture, and tools, methods and frameworks to underpin your architecture practice.
It includes the following seven anthologies:
- On theory and Enterprise Architecture (42 posts)
- From Theory to Practice in EA (35 posts)
- Tools and toolsets for Enterprise Architecture (45 posts)
- Enterprise Architecture frameworks: IT-oriented (40 posts)
- Enterprise Architecture frameworks: Beyond IT (35 posts)
- Business-models, concepts and frameworks (32 posts)
- Reframing Enterprise Architecture (39 posts)
Allowing for some duplication between anthologies, the overall bundle includes about 250 articles, adding up to 2227 PDF pages.
On Theory And Enterprise Architecture
How theory guides architecture practice
This anthology from the Tetradian weblog explores notions of theory in enterprise-architecture and the like, from mainstream IT-centric views to whole-enterprise architectures and beyond.
This book includes about 40 posts and 65 images from the weblog. These posts are split into four groups:
- Theory: Patterns - reviews the underlying concepts and definitions for a wide range of architecture concerns and patterns.
- Theory: Technology - assesses how problems in technology and architecture often arise from a poor grasp of underlying theory.
- Theory: Science - considers how we need to use science itself to test the science we use in our architectures and more.
- Theory: Scale - explores how theory itself can break down at different scales, and will need to be adapted to work well in those contexts.
From theory to practice in enterprise-architecture
Connecting ideas to solve practical challenges
"Theory informs practice; practice reinforms theory". This anthology from the Tetradian weblog explores how theory and practice support each other, in the transition from initial plan to real-world implementation of an architecture.
This book includes about 35 posts and 45 images from the weblog. These posts are split into two groups:
- *From Theory* - outlines some essential theory and guiding-principles for working on enterprise-architectures and more.
- *To Practice* - provides practical guidance on common issues that can arise during development for various types of architecture.
Tools and toolsets for enterprise architecture
Support for design, discipline and decision-making
This anthology from the Tetradian weblog explores a range of topics about the kind of toolsets that we need to support the work in enterprise-architectures and the like.
It includes around 50 posts and 90 images, and is split into five sections:
- Toolsets: Integration - a set of overviews that bring it all together
- Toolsets: Why - a decade’s-worth of explorations in the ‘Why‘ behind the need
- Toolsets: How - about how this blending of toolset and platform would be used in real-world practice
- Toolsets: What - some examples of the ‘What‘ that we’d need to cover across the whole-enterprise space, in terms of notations and the like
- Toolsets: Implementation - some practical notes towards implementation, getting beyond conjecture and towards making it real
Enterprise architecture frameworks: IT-oriented
Concerns and questions about IT-frameworks
This anthology from the Tetradian weblog focuses on tools and frameworks used in IT-oriented enterprise-architecture.
This book includes about 40 posts and 35 images from the weblog. These posts are split into two groups:
- Frameworks: IT-oriented - assesses key frameworks for IT-oriented architectures, and issues arising from usages of those frameworks.
- Frameworks: Zachman - reassesses the various elements of the row-and-column Zachman framework, in particular via the series of posts on ‘Rethinking Zachman’.
Enterprise Architecture frameworks: Beyond IT
More frameworks and methods for EA
This anthology from the Tetradian weblog focuses on tools and frameworks used in various forms of enterprise-architecture, typically beyond IT alone.
This book includes about 35 posts and 75 images from the weblog. These posts are split into eight small groups:
- Frameworks: SCORE and Strategy - describes the purpose and usages of the SCORE tool for high-level planning and strategic review.
- Frameworks: Change-Mapping - addresses specific aspects of the Change-mapping framework for guidance of change.
- Frameworks: NOTES - introduces the NOTES framework, a story-oriented method for architecture development and validation.
- Frameworks: The This Game - presents a game-like method for modelling the elements of an enterprise.
- Frameworks: VPEC-T - discusses applications for the VPEC-T framework (Values, Policies, Events, Content, Trust) developed by Carl Bate and Nigel Green.
- Frameworks: Spiral Dynamics - outlines a reframe for the Spiral Dynamics model of social-dynamics.
- Frameworks: Other Frameworks - provides overviews and summaries for a variety of other tools and frameworks.
- Frameworks: Related-Themes - explores a wide range of other topics related to frameworks and tools for architectures.
Business-models, concepts and frameworks
How to create business-models for all needs
This anthology from the Tetradian weblog explores a range of themes relating to business-models and their background.
This book includes about 35 posts and 80 images from the weblog. These posts are split into four groups:
- Business Models: Business-Model - assesses the purpose and function of business-models in business-architecture.
- Business Models: Business Model Canvas - outlines usages for the well-known Business Model Canvas in non-profit organisations and beyond startups.
- Business Models: Business-Architecture Frameworks - summarises business-architecture frameworks that can be used in conjunction with business-models.
- Business Models: Business Concepts - shows how core business-concepts may apply in context of business-models.
Reframing enterprise architecture
How and why to expand EA scope beyond IT
This anthology from the Tetradian weblog explores why we need to expand enterprise-architecture from its IT-centric roots into a true whole-of-enterprise scope and scale, and how to do this in architecture-practice.
This book includes about 40 posts and 95 images from the weblog. These posts are split into six groups:
- Selling EA - describes how to present to potential clients the full role and value of enterprise-architecture.
- Saving EA - provides a structured review of challenges and failure-points that limit the use of mainstream enterprise-architectures beyond IT.
- Reframing EA - explores practices and themes that would need to be addressed in a whole-of-enterprise architecture.
- The No-Plan Plan - presents a summary of content required for whole-enterprise architecture.
- Whole-EA Standard - outlines the structure and content for a proposed standard for whole-enterprise architecture.
- The Big-Picture - assesses what would be needed to extend whole-enterprise architecture to a fully global scope and scale.
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