Methods and Challenges in Enterprise Architecture
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Methods and Challenges in Enterprise Architecture

Practical perspectives on enterprise-architecture

About the Book

This anthology from the Tetradian weblog shows how different methods and challenges provide usefully-alternative perspectives on enterprise-architecture and the like. It also demonstrates the importance of discipline and formal rigour in architectures.

This book includes about 40 posts and 105 images from the weblog. These posts are split into four groups:

  • Perspectives and Disciplines: Method - describes a range of practical checks and methods that can be applied within enterprise-architectures and suchlike.
  • Perspectives and Disciplines: Theory to Practice - explores theory-oriented challenges on formal-rigour in the practice of enterprise-architecture and the like.
  • Perspectives and Disciplines: Discipline - provides practical examples and tests on ways to improve discipline and rigour in architecture-practice.
  • Perspectives and Disciplines: Challenges - outlines real-world challenges where discipline and rigour are called for in enterprise-architecture and suchlike.
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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
  • Reframing the way I work
  • On reflexive methodology
  • Enterprise architecture as language
  • Listen for the real narrative
  • Between the boxes
  • Function, capability and affordance
    • Implications for enterprise-architecture practice
  • On ‘T&C’
  • Hypotheses, method and recursion
  • Engaging stakeholders in healthcare-IT
  • Architecting the shadows
  • Tools for change: Back to the basics
  • Change-mapping: Plan and Action
  • Two enterprise-architectures
    • IT-oriented enterprise-architecture
    • Whole-enterprise architecture
    • Summary
  • Ending the shoot-out at the EA Corral
  • An end to the arguments
  • 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
  • The science of enterprise-architecture (short version)
  • Models and reasoning-processes in enterprise-architecture
  • Technology-adoption, technology-evolution and lifecycle-management
    • Implications for enterprise-architecture
  • Technology-adoption and time-horizons
  • On being and becoming
  • Ideafarming
  • How do you think?
  • Embracing our inner weirdness
  • Bending reality (short version)
    • Practical implications for enterprise-architecture
  • Bending reality
    • Test structure
    • Implications for enterprise-architecture
  • On (not) changing the world
  • The long and the short
  • Data-architecture 101 and the naming-problem
  • Yet more on ‘No jobs for generalists’ (Part 1)
    • Two paradigms – or three, perhaps
    • Implications for recruitment
    • Implications for business-education
  • On sensemaking-models and framework-wars
  • Earthquakes and enterprise-architecture
  • Healthcare and information-flow
  • When what you need most is the paddle…
  • Push or pull? - two views of enterprise
  • 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: Clawing our way out of limbo

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