Enterprise Canvas and service-design
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Enterprise Canvas and service-design

Modelling the enterprise as services

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This anthology from the Tetradian weblog covers the Enterprise Canvas model-type and its related uses and modelling methods.

Enterprise Canvas is designed for use in service-oriented modelling for enterprise-architectures and the like. It can be used to describe any aspect of the enterprise, providing a consistent, unified view all the way from strategy to execution. it’s simple enough to be used in freeform ‘back-of-the-napkin’ sketches, yet it also supports the kind of formal rigour needed for structured diagrams, information-repositories and automatable simulations. And although it’s simpler and easier to use than most of the common enterprise-architecture notations, it’s also compatible enough with them not only to link to such models, but to use essentially the same notations within existing toolsets.

This is the first of a two-part series, showing the initial Enterprise Canvas model and usages up to 2014. The second part in the series, Updates on Enterprise Canvas: More detail on methods for service-design, describes further developments and usages from 2014 onwards.

This book includes about 35 posts and 110 images from the weblog. These posts are split into five groups:

  • Enterprise Canvas: Origins - outlines the purpose, structure and content for the initial version of the Enterprise Canvas model.
  • Enterprise Canvas: More Detail - summarises additional details that have been amended in or added to the Enterprise Canvas model.
  • Enterprise Canvas: Context-Space - describes how to use Enterprise Canvas in context-space mapping for business-models and more.
  • Enterprise Canvas: Services - considers a variety of themes about services in general.
  • Enterprise Canvas: Theory and Practice - explores some of the underlying concepts, theory and practices behind the Enterprise Canvas model.
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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

  • 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
    • Example: for-profit business
    • Example: not-for-profit charity
    • Example: ITIL IT service-management
    • Example: BPMN process-model
  • The Enterprise Canvas, Part 8: Integration
    • Architectural frameworks and model-types
    • Strategic frameworks and model-types
    • Structural and operational frameworks and model-types
    • Summary
  • 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
    • Enterprise Canvas
  • Progress on Enterprise Canvas
  • Positioning Enterprise Canvas in enterprise-architecture work
  • Direction and governance flows in Enterprise Canvas
  • Simplifying the Enterprise Canvas
    • Some comments on modelling
  • More on simplified Enterprise Canvas
  • Modelling mixed-value in Enterprise Canvas
  • Enterprise Canvas - a military analogy
  • Pervasives and the VSM algedonic link
    • Practical implications for enterprise-architects
  • Context-space mapping with the Enterprise Canvas
    • Context-space mapping – a quick review
    • The Enterprise Canvas – a quick review
    • Identifying the enterprise
  • Context-space mapping with Enterprise Canvas, Part 2: Business context
    • Identifying the scope
  • Context-space mapping with Enterprise Canvas, Part 3: Value-proposition
    • Rethinking the value-proposition
    • Value-relationships
    • Another example
  • Context-space mapping with Enterprise Canvas, Part 4: Rethinking vision bottom-up
  • Context-space mapping with Enterprise Canvas, Part 5: Service content
    • The single-row extended-Zachman frame
    • Using the extended-Zachman frame with the Enterprise Canvas
    • A practical example
  • Enterprise Canvas as service-viability checklist
    • As-is, to-be and gap-analysis
    • A note on layers
    • The service itself
    • Nature of service
    • Service-provision
    • Consuming other services
    • Guidance service-relationships
    • Guidance – direction
    • Guidance – coordination
    • Guidance – validation
    • Investors and beneficiaries
    • Iteration and recursion
    • It’s all about story
  • Management as ‘just another service’
  • Enterprise Canvas and the Service Cycle
  • Models as decision-records (Enterprise Canvas)
  • Two kinds of Why
  • What is a value-proposition?
  • Modelling people in enterprise-architecture
    • Vision and values
    • Relational-assets
    • Roles and responsibilities
    • Capabilities and competencies

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