On futures and Enterprise Architecture
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On futures and Enterprise Architecture

How to use futures methods in architectures

About the Book

This anthology from the Tetradian weblog focusses on futures, and particularly the techniques and methods needed to guide change for an individual organisation, for a broader shared enterprise, or at a more global big-picture scale, and also across any timescale that may be required.

This book includes about 40 posts and 70 images from the weblog. These posts are split into four groups:

- Futures: Methods - outlines some of the methods and concerns in futures-work for architectures.

- Futures: Architectures - explore a range of issues where futures concerns intersect with architectures in a business context.

- Futures: Politics - uses futures-methods to identify a swathe of fundamental flaws in many current concepts of politics and society, and suggest what can be done to resolve those flaws.

- Futures: Assessments - applies futures-methods to assess potential challenges and options in broader social change, and also in architecture itself.

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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

  • Futures and futures
  • What futurists do, and why
  • Vision and mission
  • A structure for enterprise-vision
  • Why vision?
  • SCAN and Causal Layered Analysis
  • Two SCAN notes - 2: Causal Layered Analysis
  • Stealth foresight
  • Planting trees
  • Two words
  • Idea-parenting
  • Sometimes it takes a while…
  • Making sense in disruption
  • How to overdose on augmented-reality
  • Not the New Normal
  • Writing-exercise: Utopia and dystopia
    • 1. Meanings of ‘utopia’ and ‘dystopia’
    • 2. Utopia and dystopia as story-drivers
    • 3. Utopia and dystopia as background milieu
    • 4. An ambiguous utopia: utopia-for-some
    • 5. From utopia to dystopia
    • 6. Utopia or dystopia - personal, social, or somewhere between?
  • Architecture disaster? – we have an app for that!
  • Enterprise-architecture: Bring on the clowns?
  • Governance in a responsibility-based enterprise-architecture
  • A simpler version of the ‘EA-governance thought-experiment’
  • One more try…
  • Reframing entropy in business
  • More on reframing entropy in business
  • Avoiding delusions of strategy
  • RBPEA: Opportunities unheeded…
  • Participatory politics
  • RBP-EA: There’s gonna be a revolution…
    • The Really Big Picture
    • Putting it into practice
  • An architecture of responsibility
  • The gift of a world
  • A post-truth era?
  • A post-jobs era?
  • A post-rights era?
  • Enterprise-architecture - a status-report
  • Enterprise-architecture - a changes report
  • Enterprise-architecture - a near-futures report
    • Organisational strategy
    • Skills and work
  • 1: Complex Problem Solving (previously #1)
  • 2: Critical Thinking (previously #4)
  • 3: Creativity (previously #10)
    • Sustainability and other anticlient-issues
    • Expanding scope and scale
  • Enterprise-architecture - a further-futures report
  • Enterprise-architecture - which way forward?
    • The scope of enterprise-architecture
    • A practical example
    • Finding a better way

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