MWT - ,aking the best use of EA

 

Blog posts relating to Enterprise Architecture: 

  • Avoiding the B.A.I.T. view of Business Capabilities Reference material added here: Breaking free of B.A.I.T. -based Capabilities
  • Getting closer to the future of the IT function My views on business capability-based governance extend to the idea that an “IT function” doesn’t really make any sense at the highest governance levels.  However, the implications of this are significant.  So, in the meantime….
  • Customer centricity – solved I just found a nice overview diagram (nice in content, not in style) where I thought I’d solved the problem of creating a customer-centric organisation just by breaking the challenge into its components. It’s a year or so old but to be honest it still looks about right: The problem of customer orientatino is largely solved ...
  • Operating Model versus Data Governance Models There is a simple link between the “operating models” of the Enterprise Architecture as Strategy approach (see here) and data governance approaches (see here).   See below for the relationship:   “Four operating models” slide in the centre of the above diagram is taken from here (which is taken from the book).
  • 10 linchpin business performance improvement initiatives you should be running right now It’s often difficult to understand how your portfolio of projects is actually helping your organisation deliver to its strategic goals. The problem is that the projects in the portfolio often don’t play a part in ensuring the overall portfolio is easy to navigate and cohesive. You need linchpin projects in your portfolio to hold the ...
  • Management as a service, again Nice: If everything is a service, why should management be assigned any priority over anything else? Short answer: no valid reason at all – from a services-perspective, anyway. It’s just another service, or set of services. The only feasible reason why management might be assigned arbitrary priority over other services is from left-over delusions about ‘rights of control’. ...
  • Architecture Versus Management? I’m increasingly seeing the management and architecture disciplines as being in a race to control organisations.  Both groups show behaviours that suggest they are trying to extend their own discipline to encompass more of the organisation.  Equally, both groups work hard to exclude areas they are not comfortable with from their responsibilities.  Architects want to ...
  • Draft article: Building an Effective Business Architecture and Metrics Capability This is a draft article entitled “Building an Effective Business Architecture and Metrics Capability”.
  • Business Architecture in the never-ending standardisation process of EA At the risk of being controversial, I don’t believe enterprise architecture is about “alignment between IT and the business”.  While there is not doubt that an effective enterprise architecture practice will improve this sort of alignment, it needs to do more than improve the standing of IT or the percentage of the value pie that ...
  • Ideal Realised Strategies and Enterprise Architecture There are two important themes in the MWT Model that are used to shift organisational habits.  These are ‘pendulum arguments & something else’ and ‘ideal realised strategies’.  Pendulum arguments are issues like the ‘centralise or decentralise’ debate that cause organisations to continuously cycle through organisational design or financial control models.  These pendulums must be fixed ...