Sensemaking in enterprise architecture
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Sensemaking in enterprise architecture

Methods and disciplines for sensemaking

About the Book

This anthology from the Tetradian weblog provides checklists, models and schemas to guide sensemaking practice for enterprise architecture and a wide range of other related disciplines.

The book includes about 35 posts and 90 images from the weblog, and is split into three sections:

  • Sensemaking: Making Sense - maps out a range of methods and options for sensemaking in enterprise architecture and beyond.
  • Sensemaking: Metaframeworks - presents guidelines and worked-examples on metaframeworks (frameworks used to create sensemaking-frameworks) for enterprise architecture and more.
  • Sensemaking: Seven Sins - introduces a set of seven common patterns of sensemaking-failure, and their implications in real-world practice.
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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

  • Real-time sensemaking with SCAN
  • Belief and faith at the point of action
    • Enterprise-architecture implications
  • Using recursion in sensemaking
  • Sensemaking and the swamp-metaphor
    • The swamp-metaphor
    • SCANning the swamp
    • Idea, hypothesis, theory, law
    • Layers and recursion
  • Sensemaking – modes and disciplines
    • Four modes and seven sins
    • Emphasis and tactics within each mode
  • How do you think?
  • Hybrid-thinking, enterprise architecture and the US Army
  • Framework versus body-of-knowledge
    • Examples
  • On sensemaking in enterprise-architectures (1)
    • A brief overview of Boisot’s I-Space
    • A bit of background
    • Uniqueness in enterprise-architecture
  • On sensemaking in enterprise-architectures (2)
    • Another brief aside on Boisot
    • Sense-making in real-time
  • On sensemaking in enterprise-architectures (3)
    • Making sense, making decisions: ‘considered’ vs ‘business-speed’
    • At the Simple end of the scale…
    • And the Not-so-simple…
    • Simple and Not-so-simple - a summary
  • On sensemaking in enterprise-architecture (4)
    • Maintaining the balance in real-time
    • Adding time to the sensemaking equation
    • Architecture for sensemaking
  • Theory and metatheory in enterprise-architecture
  • More on theory and metatheory in EA
  • On sensemaking-models and framework-wars
  • On metaframeworks in enterprise-architecture
  • Metaframeworks in practice: Introduction
    • Metaframeworks: context and process
  • Metaframeworks in practice, Part 1: Extended-Zachman
    • Extended-Zachman framework
  • Metaframeworks in practice, Part 2: Iterative-TOGAF
    • Iterative-TOGAF framework
  • Metaframeworks in practice, Part 3: Five Elements
    • Five Elements framework
  • Metaframeworks in practice, Part 4: Context-space mapping and SCAN
    • Context-space mapping and SCAN
  • Metaframeworks in practice, Part 5: Enterprise Canvas
    • Enterprise Canvas
  • Seven sins of dubious discipline
  • Seven sins - 1: The Hype Hubris
    • Mapping to ‘swamp-metaphor’ disciplines
  • Seven sins - 2: The Golden-Age Game
    • Mapping to ‘swamp-metaphor’ disciplines
  • Seven sins - 3: The Newage Nuisance
    • Mapping to ‘swamp-metaphor’ disciplines
  • Seven sins - 4: The Meaning Mistake
    • Mapping to ‘swamp-metaphor’ disciplines
  • Seven sins - 5: The Possession Problem
    • Mapping to ‘swamp-metaphor’ disciplines
  • Seven sins - 6: The Reality Risk
    • Mapping to ‘swamp-metaphor’ disciplines
  • Seven sins - 7: Lost In The Learning-Labyrinth
    • Mapping to ‘swamp-metaphor’ disciplines
  • Seven sins - a worked example (‘Natural rights’)
    • A worked- example - ‘Natural rights’
    • Wrapping up
  • Seven sins and the Hype Cycle
  • Seven sins, sensemaking and OODA

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