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More key concepts for enterprise architecture

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This anthology from the Tetradian weblog provides a curated collection of posts that cover a range of concepts to guide sensemaking and decision-making in enterprise-architecture and the like. Most of these posts are unique to this anthology, and have not been included elsewhere in the series.

This book includes about 35 posts and 70 images from the weblog. These posts are split into three groups:

  • Concepts: Basics - outlines essential concepts for the earlier stages in skills-development for architectures.
  • Concepts: General - illustrates core concepts that apply across the overall architecture-space, from IT-architectures to whole-enterprise architecture and beyond.
  • Concepts: Complexity - assesses concepts that apply specifically to complex issues.
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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

  • Methods, mechanics, approaches
  • Form follows non-function
  • Where have all the good skills gone?
  • The other iceberg effect
  • What What? and other taxonomic tangles
  • Jakob Nielsen on real-world ‘Enterprise 2.0’
  • IT-oriented versus IT-centric
  • Competence, non-competence and incompetence
  • House and home
  • “Science, which is a belief-system”
  • Enterprise and ecosystem
  • The end of enterprise-architecture?
  • The identity of enterprise architecture
  • Connection is what matters
  • Product and service
    • Implications for enterprise-architecture
  • Services, customers and citizens
    • Implications for enterprise-architecture
  • Architecture, structure and story
  • Structure, story and relational-assets
  • Price, value, worth and cost
  • Efficient versus effective
  • Efficient versus effective (an addendum)
  • Like magic…
    • Implications for enterprise-architecture
  • Organisation and enterprise
  • Organisation and enterprise as ‘how’ and ‘why’
  • Context-perspectives and enterprise-architecture maturity
  • Two acronyms: ENDS and MEANS
    • The art and science of engineering
  • Rethinking RACI
  • Against fragmentation
  • Enterprise-architecture is wicked
    • Tame-problems and wicked-problems
    • Designing for wickedness
  • Complex, complicated, and Einstein’s dice
  • Requisite-fuzziness
  • Sensemaking and the flocking of Boyds
  • Three kinds of chaos

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