Business-generalist and business-anarchist
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Business-generalist and business-anarchist

Two key roles in enterprise architecture

About the Book

This anthology from the Tetradian weblog introduces two essential yet often-misunderstood roles in enterprise-architecture and for the enterprise as a whole: the business-generalist, and the business-anarchist.

This book includes about 35 posts and 50 images from the weblog. These posts are split into four groups:

  • Generalist: The Role Of The Generalist - explores how generalists connect across the enterprise, and why it would fall apart without their work.
  • Generalist: No Jobs For Generalists - describes why it is so hard to get a job as a business-generalist, and the cultural background that underpins this problem.
  • Generalist: The Role Of The Business-Anarchist - outlines the role and function of the business-anarchist, showing how to tackle inherent-uncertainty in the enterprise.
  • Generalist: The Clash With Specialism - reviews how an over-focus on specialism can cause clashes across the organisation, and can put the viability of the enterprise at risk.
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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

  • What I do and how I do it
  • What I do, and why
  • Enterprise-architecture and organisational health
  • Pinball-wizard
  • Toolsets, pinball and un-dotting the joins
  • Enterprise-architecture as hologram
  • Architecture as boxes, lines and glue
  • Capabilities, reference-models and job-descriptions
  • On ‘Why Smart People Get Depressed’
  • There are no jobs for generalists
    • Defining the problem
    • Towards a practical solution
  • More on ‘No jobs for generalists’
  • Yet more on ‘No jobs for generalists’ (Part 1)
    • Two paradigms – or three, perhaps
    • Implications for recruitment
    • Implications for business-education
  • Yet more on ‘No jobs for generalists’ (Part 2)
    • The simple model of work
    • Market-model and market-cycle
    • Service-interdependencies and Enterprise Canvas
  • Yet more on ‘No jobs for generalists’ (Part 3a)
    • An incomplete science
  • Yet more on ‘No jobs for generalists’ (Part 3b)
    • Management as a service
  • Yet more on ‘No jobs for generalists’ (Part 3c)
    • The impact of the ‘owners’
  • Yet more on ‘No jobs for generalists’ (Part 3d)
    • A question of fitness
  • Yet more on ‘No jobs for generalists’ (Part 3e)
    • A question of value
  • ‘No jobs for generalists’ – a summary
    • No jobs for generalists?
  • The business anarchist
  • Business anarchist, again
  • And more business-anarchist
  • Notes on ‘Business Anarchist’
  • Enterprise architect as business-anarchist
  • The rise of the business anarchist
  • The role and rise of the business-anarchist
  • Anarchist again
  • Aliens, anarchists and analysts
  • Analyst, anarchist, architect
  • Luddite, and proud
  • The point of specialism
  • Does specialisation lead to bad architecture?
  • And more on EA certification…
  • The dangers of specialism-trolls in enterprise-architecture
  • More on trolls, specialism and context

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