Everyday enterprise-architecture
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Everyday enterprise-architecture

Sensemaking, strategy, structures and solutions

About the Book

All of architecture comes down to one simple idea: things work better when they work together, with clarity, with elegance, on purpose. Yet how do we express that 'one idea' in practice, within our organisations? With what results, and for what business-value? This book describes the down-to-earth detail of everyday enterprise architecture, to show what architects actually do to deliver value fast, across the entire enterprise.

Working step by step through a real ten-day architecture-project, this book explores the activities that underpin sensemaking, strategy, structures and solutions in the real-time turmoil of an enterprise-architect's everyday work.

Topics covered include:

  • how to use enterprise-architecture to tackle executive-level business-problems
  • how to develop an agile architecture practice that can keep pace with the real-time pressures of the real business world
  • how to identify the business-reasons and business-value for each activity
  • how to thrive on the inherent uncertainties of the architecture process
  • how to use context-space maps to guide sensemaking and solution-design
  • how to apply architecture ideas and activities to describe what actually happens in a real enterprise-architecture project
  • how to enhance architectural skills, judgement and awareness, for continuous improvement across the enterprise and in the architecture itself

If you want your enterprise to flourish and prosper in the midst of relentless change, this is one book you'll definitely need.

The Tetradian Enterprise Architecture Series presents new developments on theory, principles and practice of enterprise architecture – moving beyond IT to the whole enterprise.

About the Author

Tom Graves
Tom Graves

Tom Graves has been an independent consultant for more than four decades, in business transformation, enterprise architecture and knowledge management. His clients in Europe, Australasia and the Americas cover a broad range of industries including small-business, banking, utilities, manufacturing, logistics, engineering, media, telecoms, research, defence and government. He has a special interest in whole-enterprise architectures for non-profit, social, government and commercial enterprises.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
    1. Enterprise-architecture for a real-time world
    2. Who should read this book?
    3. What's in this book?
  2. Day 1: Get started
    1. Overall aim, scope and purpose
    2. Initial aim, scope and stakeholders
    3. Initial assessment
    4. Initial implementation
    5. Wrap-up on initial cycle
    6. Application
  3. Day 2: Purpose, scope and context
    1. Main project: 'the architecture of architecture'
    2. Example project: 'respect', for a bank
    3. Application
  4. Day 3: What's going on?
    1. Main project: 'to-be' assessment of architecture
    2. Example project: 'as-is' assessment for the bank
    3. Application
  5. Day 4: What do we want?
    1. Main project: architecture 'as-is' assessment
    2. Example project: bank past/future assessment
    3. Application
  6. Day 5: What's the difference?
    1. Main project: architecture gaps
    2. Example project: change-requirements for the bank
    3. Application
  7. Day 6: How do we get from here to there?
    1. Main project: enhance 'architecture of architecture'
    2. Example project: reclaim respect for the bank
    3. Application
  8. Day 7: Step-by-step details
    1. Main project: a plan to extend the discipline
    2. Example project: envisioning vision at the bank
    3. Application
  9. Day 8: Putting it into practice
    1. Main project: implementing architecture
    2. Example project: vision and function for the bank
    3. Application
  10. Day 9: What did we achieve?
    1. Main project: what next for our architecture?
    2. Example project: what next for the bank?
    3. Application
  11. Day 10: What happens next?
    1. What was supposed to happen?
    2. What actually happened?
    3. What was the source of the difference?
    4. What can we learn from this?
    5. Application
  12. The architecture information-stores
    1. Application
  13. More on context-space mapping
  14. Appendix: Resources
    1. Books and publications
    2. Websites and other online resources

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