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More basics for enterprise architecture

Principles, methods, checklists and more

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This anthology from the Tetradian weblog provides essential information on enterprise-architecture and related disciplines. It covers a wide range of themes across the entire scope of the domain, and is likely to be particularly useful for newcomers to the field.

The book includes about 40 posts and 85 images from the weblog. These posts are split into six groups:

  • Basics: Enterprise and Organisation - clarifies the distinctions between ‘enterprise’ and ‘organisation’, and hence what ‘enterprise-architecture’ should mean in practice.
  • Basics: Architecture and Design - shows how and why to differentiate between architecture and design, and the different roles they play in the overall process of change.
  • Basics: Method - presents methods for various specific tasks in architectures, their purpose, and how and why they add value to the overall process of change.
  • Basics: Architecture In Miniature - illustrates how enterprise-architecture principles and methods can be useful right down at the small-project level.
  • Basics: Checklists - shows how to use checklists to support architecture and design.
  • Basics: Terms and Definitions - provides clarity on terms and definitions used in enterprise-architecture.
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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

  • Enterprise-architecture – let’s keep it simple
  • Enterprise and organisation as ends and means
  • Enterprise as adjective, enterprise as noun
  • Where does enterprise-architecture sit?
  • Positioning EA in the enterprise
  • A kind of manifesto (short version)
  • Architecture versus design
  • Notes on architecture versus design
  • What’s the difference between architecture and design?
  • Do enterprise-architects design the enterprise?
  • What is NOT enterprise-architecture?
  • The structure of enterprise architecture
  • Tools for change: Back to the basics
  • Architecture is simple
  • Vision, role, mission, goal
  • On innovation, foundations, scaffolding and Portakabins
  • Data, information, knowledge, wisdom
  • Inside-in, inside-out, outside-in, outside-out
    • Implications in EA practice
  • Two kinds of Why
  • Why and Because
  • Why before who
  • EA in miniature - Part 1: Introduction
  • EA in miniature - Part 2: First steps
    • Implications for mainstream enterprise-architecture
  • EA in miniature - Part 3: Getting real
    • Implications for mainstream enterprise-architecture
  • EA in miniature - Part 4: Prototyping
    • Implications for mainstream enterprise-architecture
  • The power of checklists
  • Checklists and complexity
    • Plain sailing in stormy weather
    • Shaping a checklist
    • Implications for enterprise-architecture
  • Principles and checklists
  • A services-checklist for digital-transformation
    • 1. Service strategy
    • 2. Service design
    • 3. Service transition
    • 4. Service operation
    • 5. Continual service improvement
    • 6. Service value management
    • 7. Service management for transformation
  • A checklist for business-transformations
    • 1. Story and purpose
    • 2. Scope and stakeholders
    • 3. Context, scale and scaling
    • 4. Full-cycle governance
    • 5. Structural flaws in the context
    • 6. Limits and constraints
    • 7. Resistance to change
  • The fourth checklist
  • Taxonomy, ontology and suchlike
  • Assets and Resources
    • Resources in Business Model Canvas
    • Capability as Resource
    • Asset and Resource
  • Definitions on capability
  • CRUD, CRUDE and other action-acronyms
  • Declaring the assumptions
  • Fractals, naming and enterprise-architecture
    • Applications in enterprise-architecture
  • What What? and other taxonomic tangles
  • The relationship is the asset
  • What is enterprise? What is architecture?
  • What is knowledge?

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