How not to fail in enterprise architecture
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How not to fail in enterprise architecture

Common antipatterns and how to avoid them

About the Book

This anthology from the Tetradian weblog demonstrates the importance of discipline and formal rigour in architectures - and what happens if the discipline fails, or the rigour is absent.

This book includes about 35 posts and 70 images from the weblog. These posts are split into two groups:

  • How Not To Fail: Concept-Critique - raises key questions about quality of formal-rigour, theory and discipline in current enterprise-architecture and beyond.
  • How Not To Fail: Method-Critique - also raises key questions and concerns about quality and reliability of method in current 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

  • The dangers of ‘term-hijack’
  • Magical-thinking and knowledge-management
  • The absurdity of belief
  • Intimations of hubris
  • Round in circles on enterprise-architecture
  • IT-centrism, business-centrism and business-architecture
  • Skills-shortages and ‘the market’
  • Showing my age, I guess…
  • The over-certainties of certification
  • On dubious definitions
  • “Who will lead us out of our uncertainty?”
  • If it’s not AE, it’s not EA
  • Efficient, effective, convenient?
  • “The history of enterprise architecture proves…”
  • Beware of ‘policy-based evidence’
    • Implications for enterprise-architecture
  • John Zachman and the curate’s egg
  • Dump the BDAT-stack!
  • The autism of Enterprise Architecture?
  • Whuffie, currency and the ‘ready-fire-aim’ syndrome
  • How IT-centrism creeps into enterprise-architecture
  • Broken
  • Why broken?
  • A bit more broken
  • Unbreaking
    • Conflict: Engineers versus scientists
    • Conflict: Stability versus agility
  • Sometimes the small details do matter
  • The stench of systemic decay
  • Fail, to learn
  • Spot the difference
  • How architectures fail - 1: Architecture vs design
  • How architectures fail - 2: Scope of action
  • How architectures fail - 3: Constraints
  • Why ‘engineering the enterprise’ doesn’t work
  • Missing the point
  • Open Group, HERA and healthcare
    • The good(ish)
    • The bad(ish)
    • The ugly (very)
    • Real-world crosschecks

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