Enterprise Canvas
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Enterprise Canvas

The Tetradian weblogs

About the Book

“...one model-type to rule them all...”

Enterprise Canvas is a simple yet powerful method and notation to model any aspect of the enterprise, building on a core concept of 'everything as a service'. It was initially designed for enterprise-architecture and related business needs, but will also be useful in many other areas.

Although Enterprise Canvas can be used as modelling-technique in its own right, its real role is to provide a consistent means to bridge across many of the disparate model-types in use in enterprise-architecture - hence the jesting claim of 'One Model-Type To Rule Them All'. Frameworks and notations that Enterprise Canvas draws upon, and is compatible with, include Zachman, Archimate, UML, BPMN, Business Motivation Model, Business Model Canvas, Viable System Model, VPEC-T, PDCA, OODA and the ever-ubiqitous SWOT.

This ebook is an edited collection of articles from the Tetradian weblog (http://weblog.tetradian.com), on the Enterprise Canvas model-type. This updated edition includes all weblog-posts on Enterprise Canvas up to end of January 2014; there'll be further new editions of this ebook from time to time, to incorporate later posts and practical experience.

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • The Quest for the Enterprise Canvas
  • The Enterprise Canvas, Part 1: Context and Value
  • The Enterprise Canvas, Part 2: Market and Supply-Chain
  • The Enterprise Canvas, Part 3: Owners and Managers
  • The Enterprise Canvas, Part 4: Layers
  • The Enterprise Canvas, Part 5: Recursion, Flows and Systems
  • The Enterprise Canvas, Part 6: Models
  • The Enterprise Canvas, Part 7: Patterns
  • The Enterprise Canvas, Part 8: Integration
  • The Enterprise Canvas: Summary and Index
  • The Enterprise Canvas: a Really Simple Summary
  • An Enterprise Canvas update: ‘value-governance’
  • Metaframeworks in practice, Part 5: Enterprise Canvas
  • Context-space mapping with the Enterprise Canvas
  • Context-space mapping with Enterprise Canvas, Part 2: Business context
  • Context-space mapping with Enterprise Canvas, Part 3: Value-proposition
  • Context-space mapping with Enterprise Canvas, Part 4: Rethinking vision bottom-up
  • Context-space mapping with Enterprise Canvas, Part 5: Service content
  • Architecture: To-be is top-down, as-is is bottom-up
  • Progress on Enterprise Canvas
  • Not quite VPEC-T
  • More on ‘Not-quite VPEC-T’
  • Identifying meaning in context: VPECS and VPEC-T
  • Enabling enterprise-architecture conversations
  • Models as decision-records (Enterprise Canvas)
  • Next-generation toolsets for enterprise-architecture?
  • The toolset-ecosystem
  • People, assets, relationships and responsibility
  • Modelling people in enterprise-architecture
  • Power, people and enterprise-architecture
  • Positioning Enterprise Canvas in enterprise-architecture work
  • Great conversations on enterprise-architecture
  • Notes on architecture versus design
  • Rethinking the layers in enterprise-architecture
  • CRUD, CRUDE and other action-acronyms
  • Enterprise Canvas and the Service Cycle
  • Direction and governance flows in Enterprise Canvas
  • Where marketing meets enterprise-architecture
  • Who is the customer?
  • Using Business Model Canvas for non-profits
  • From business-model to enterprise-architecture
  • Why business-model to enterprise-architecture?
  • Upwards and sideways from business-model
  • Upwards and sideways from business-model (short version)
  • More on that enterprise-architecture ‘help needed’
  • Back to the roots for EA toolset metamodels
  • Simplifying the Enterprise Canvas
  • More on simplified Enterprise Canvas
  • Enterprise Canvas as service-viability checklist
  • Two kinds of Why
  • Dependency and resilience in enterprise-architecture models
  • Backbone and business-rules
  • Management as ‘just another service’
  • Rebalancing top-down management-architectures
  • Managers, leaders and hierarchies
  • This: an exploratory game for service-oriented EA
  • More on the ‘This’ game for enterprise-architecture
  • The ‘This’ game and EA toolsets
  • Using the ‘This’ game in EA modelling
  • Modelling mixed-value in Enterprise Canvas
  • Charisma, connection and brand
  • More on EA and asset-types
  • Assets and services
  • The meaning of service
  • Service, function and capability (again)
  • Service, function and capability (an addendum)
  • What is a value-proposition?
  • Every organisation is ‘for-profit’
  • Business Model Canvas beyond startups - Part 1
  • Business Model Canvas beyond startups - Part 2: Front-end
  • Business Model Canvas beyond startups - Part 3: Back-end
  • Business-models between for-profit and not-for-profit
  • Costs of acquisition, retention, de-acquisition
  • Yet more on ‘No jobs for generalists’ (Part 2)

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