The Big Picture for Enterprise Architecture
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The Big Picture for Enterprise Architecture

Applying architecture to global challenges

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This anthology from the Tetradian weblog explores how enterprise-architecture and other related disciplines can apply at the 'really-big-picture' scale - not just within a single organisation at the present, but all the way out to the entire planet over any period of time.

This book includes about 40 posts and 50 images from the weblog. These posts are split into six sections:

- Big-Picture: The Big-Picture - presents some of the defining themes in RBPEA ('Really-Big-Picture Enterprise-Architecture').

- Big-Picture: Principles and Fundamentals - introduces fundamental concepts and guiding-principles for use in exploring big-picture issues.

- Big-Picture: Methods - focusses on methods that we can use or adapt to work on the big-picture.

- Big-Picture: Society - reviews examples of social challenges at a broader, big-picture scope and scale.

- Big-Picture: Rights and Responsibilities - uses the big-picture view to guide a rethink about relationships between rights and responsibilities.

- Big-Picture: Possession - explores the large-scale and long-term damage caused by concepts of possession.

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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.

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Table of Contents

  • The enterprise, the organisation and the ‘big picture’
  • The Really Big Picture for enterprise-architecture
  • Looking at the big picture
  • The gift of a world
  • RBPEA: “Love, live, work, hope”
    • “Someone to love”
    • “Somewhere to live”
    • “Somewhere to work”
    • “Something to hope for”
    • Implications for everyday enterprise-architecture
  • RBPEA: The other Bolshevism
    • Implications for enterprise-architecture
  • RBPEA: Opportunities unheeded…
  • RBP-EA: There’s gonna be a revolution…
    • The Really Big Picture
    • Putting it into practice
  • Return to RBPEA
    • Frameworks
    • Into practice
    • Practical applications
    • Certification
    • Worked-example
  • Uniqueness and coincidensity
  • On value-governance
  • RBPEA: Constraints and corollaries
  • RBPEA: Basics and fundamentals
  • RBPEA: Object, subject and ‘should’
    • Practical implications for enterprise-architecture
  • Feelings are facts
  • RBPEA: Feelings are facts
    • Practical implications for enterprise-architecture
  • RBPEA: Attachment, non-attachment, non-detachment
  • Listen for the real narrative
  • RBP-EA: From ‘Really Big Picture’ into real-world practice
    • A bit of background
    • The Really Big Picture
    • Putting this into practice
  • Participatory politics
  • Idea-parenting
  • How do we make EA make sense?
  • RBPEA: The dangers of ‘anything-centrism’
    • Practical implications for enterprise-architecture
  • Business-models between for-profit and not-for-profit
  • Confirming the direction
  • Where have all the good skills gone?
  • Motivation to learn: “Love is a better master than duty”
  • Earthquakes and enterprise-architecture
  • Maggie’s Farm
  • May Day, and a mayday for our world
  • Anti-clients, kurtosis-risks and public riots
  • Should companies go to jail?
  • Landmines on legs
  • Luddite, and proud
  • There is no right to not-care
  • Why are the elite the elite?
  • An architecture of responsibility
  • From rights to responsibilities
  • A problem of possession
  • Possessed by possession?
  • Are time and responsibility our only real possessions?
  • Relational-assets are not ‘possessions’
  • Responsibility versus anti-possession as response to disaster
  • RBPEA: Where’s the plan?

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