Thoughts of the Day 2021

01 Jan 2021 — If all you do is believe in yourself, you may never get anywhere. Success comes to those who take action whether they believe in themselves or not.

02 Jan 2021 — “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” — Buckminster Fuller

03 Jan 2021 — A strong enterprise is designed from the start with KPIs in mind because they let you know if the enterprise is operating correctly.

04 Jan 2021 — A lot of employees aren’t there because they love your business, they’re there to feed their family or pay off their student debts or any number of other things. However, there’s no harm in designing the business so that they come to love it.

05 Jan 2021 — If you want to turn up at nine and leave at five, architecture is probably not the job for you. At least, not if you want to be a good architect.

06 Jan 2021 — When you are working on an architecture, is it better to think like a process designer or a game designer?

07 Jan 2021 — Enterprise Architecture is a torch that can bring light into the darkest corners of business operations. 

08 Jan 2021 — If you put a bunch of subject matter experts into a room with a job that has to be done then and there, they will figure out how to do it. The big questions are, can your analysts capture how they did it, can you as an architect make it work at scale and what are the impacts on the rest of the business?

09 Jan 2021 — “Architects can’t force people to connect, it can only plan the crossing points, remove barriers and make the meeting places useful and attractive.” — Denise Scott

10 Jan 2021 — The difference between an expert on a subject and an intellectual is that experts can be held to account whereas intellectuals pay no price for being wrong. If there is no price to be paid for being wrong, would you trust an intellectual to build a bridge that is safe? If there is no price to be paid for being wrong, would you trust an intellectual to advise you on how to build a bridge that is safe? Trust people who can be held accountable. If a person does not pay a price for being wrong, their opinions are literally worthless.

11 Jan 2021 — Rapid iteration through versions of a process may only be useful when you are chasing an objective. Once the objective has been achieved, it is important to decide, should those rapid iterations continue? Will the consumers of the outputs from that process want constant change or will they want stability?

12 Jan 2021 — Cascades can be harnessed for good. It is possible for a change in one part of the business to cause a cascade of effects in other parts of the business. While you have to be careful to avoid negative cascades, a positive cascade is a beautiful thing.

13 Jan 2021 — The purpose of a business is to make a profit. The greatest changes for the better in people’s lives often comes from the products and services of companies that create the largest profit. Do you think that’s a coincidence?

14 Jan 2021 — A change cascade is when a change in one part of the business causes problems or improvements in other parts of the business a long way from where the change happened. It’s related to Impact Analysis. Suppose you change a process. That might cause a change in a related process which in turn causes a change in a more distant process with no direct connection to the original where the you made the change. If you want to deliberately cause a positive change cascade, you have to have a deep understanding of your impacts.

15 Jan 2021 — If you have designed a process that is dull and boring to perform, have you designed a process that could and should have been automated?

16 Jan 2021 — “I think of architecture as a piece of clothing to wrap around human beings.” — Toyo Ito

17 Jan 2021 — If the resources are a ship and its crew… And the competencies are the ability to maintain, sail and navigate the ship… Then the capabilities might be to take passengers and freight from port A to port B.

18 Jan 2021 — The people who do the hard work of getting your business to achieve an objective may not be the same as the people who consolidate that objective once it has been achieved. Once the consolidation has happened, it may be that a third set of people is responsible for running the business operations that follow. In an army, this can all happen in a matter of hours. In a business, this might unfold over years.

19 Jan 2021 — If there is one core concept in Digital Transformation, it is to look at every part of your business model and ask, “how do we cut out the middle man?”

20 Jan 2021 — Digitalisation and Digital Transformation are two different things but a lot of information out there confuses them. Digitalisation is about improving existing ways of working, e.g. find all of the paper-based parts of a process and replace them with an application. Digital Transformation is about changing the way of doing business, e.g. close all of your DVD rental stores and start an online streaming service.

21 Jan 2021 — Imagine someone could kill your business on a whim. No discussion, no court decision, no way of stopping it. I used to love AWS but that is the power it decided to exercise over one of its customers and now the precedent is set. It doesn’t matter if you think its decision was correct, what matters is that AWS has proven itself willing to kill your business on a whim with no discussion, no court decision and no way of you stopping it. You might say that you have no intention of breaking the AWS terms of service but what happens you if you are falsely accused? No discussion, no court decision, no way of stopping it. So what is your cloud exit strategy?

22 Jan 2021 — If you’ve ever worked with programmers, you’ve probably met one who lost sight of the problem domain after falling in love with the language domain. Instead of concentrating on the business needs, they’re off exploring some new part of their preferred programming language. The same can happen to architects. They can become so enthralled with the architecture domain that they forget its purpose is to improve the business. Always remember that architecture may be beautiful and can be used to express your creativity but it is just a tool.

23 Jan 2021 — “I call architecture frozen music.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

24 Jan 2021 — An enterprise can only be understood by all of its people and not one individual. It takes all of those who spend their entire careers building their understanding of their jobs. You cannot understand all of them. There is too much for any one person to understand. Yet you must find a way not only to understand but to help others understand well enough to make educated decisions about changing it for the better. Enterprise Architecture makes this contradiction easier to manage but will anything ever resolve the contradiction?

25 Jan 2021 — The skills you need to be an Enterprise Architect include lots of soft skills. That includes how you advertise yourself. Take a good look at the people you expect to take you seriously, how they carry themselves and the clothes they wear. If they wear tailored suits, you need to wear tailored suits. You need to fit in with them.

26 Jan 2021 — Even if you think the AWS decision was correct, AWS has proven willing to kill your business on a whim with no discussion, no court decision and no way of you stopping it. That is a genie which can never go back in its bottle. AWS proved the doom-mongers about moving to the cloud were correct. If the biggest cloud provider did it, would smaller cloud providers do the same? As much as I used to love AWS, I now have to put in a strong recommendation to all of my customers that they start to move back off the cloud. Unless you have a vast appetite for risk, AWS has ruined the cloud for everyone.

27 Jan 2021 — One of the biggest hindrances to process design and improvement is the flowchart. Good processes are not 2-dimensional. Worse, there is a strong desire to make a flowchart simple to understand. The trouble is that simple to understand almost certainly means boring to perform. After all, which do you think is more interesting, the process that you can pick up after 30 seconds looking at its flowchart or the process that takes you a year to get as good at as your boss?

28 Jan 2021 — Corporate culture needs careful consideration and a delicate touch. You might think you want a monoculture but that could kill your organisation. After all, do you really want your sales and marketing people to be just like your accountants?

29 Jan 2021 — It may be that you are the only person who understands the beauty of the architecture you create. It may be that others only want to see a small part of it or do not grasp the whole. It may be that the only person who would appreciate it is another architect and none of them will ever see it. Despite that, the beauty is still there for you to see. Beauty exists as long as there is one person to be swayed by it. Inspire yourself. Make beautiful things.

30 Jan 2021 — “Architecture is not based on concrete and steel, and the elements of the soil. It’s based on wonder.” — Daniel Libeskind

31 Jan 2021 — Should you get hung-up on the definition of architecture terms? No and yes. — No in that it is not the word that counts but the concept behind it. If you work with several different customers, there is a strong chance you will find a particular concept being used but with the wrong term; what one company calls a process, another might call a function, another call it a procedure and so on. The use of the wrong word to describe a concept is incredibly common. So you need a strong mental grasp of the concept more than any particular term. — Yes in that you need to know the correct term for a concept if you want to communicate with other architects and understand the literature. You also need to know at least some of the common misuses of a word because many of those architects you communicate with (or hire) will have spent their formative years in a company that misuses it.

01 Feb 2021 — RBV, the Resource Based View, can be expressed as:
[Resources] + [Competencies] => [Capabilities]
[Tradesmen, bricks, lumber, pipes, cables, etc.] + [Bricklaying, carpentry, plumbing, electrics, etc.] => [Build houses]

02 Feb 2021 — AWS has shown it is willing to shut down a business on a whim. Suppose AWS decides you have broken its terms of service. If AWS switches you off, how will your business continue?

03 Feb 2021 — Never ask people if you should do a thing if it costs them nothing to say yes. When you’ve done the thing, there is no guarantee that you will see any kind of return on your investment. The people who said yes will often have melted away or had circumstances change. Do the thing on the understanding that any return on investment is a gamble. Or do the thing because someone signed a contract. Or because you want to do it. Or just for fun.

04 Feb 2021 — The vast majority of “wisdom” about leadership comes from people who have never been a leader.

05 Feb 2021 — If you want your business to survive in an environment where not just servers go down but maybe your cloud provider cancels your account at short notice, you need to look at Chaos Engineering. Here’s a reasonable starting point:

06 Feb 2021 — “One of the great beauties of architecture is that each time it is like life starting all over again.” — Renzo Piano

07 Feb 2021 — One of the deepest dangers a business can face is an apparently sensible idea that everyone understands. If an idea has no critics, that should ring alarm bells. The best theories in human history have faults, why would this one be any different? Just because a theory is coherent does not make it correct.

08 Feb 2021 — The highest purpose of a business is to make a profit. You might think that the highest purpose of a business is to improve the lives of its customers but how is it going to do that if it doesn’t make a profit and goes bust?

09 Feb 2021 — Suppose AWS decides you have broken its terms of service and shuts you down. Except it’s questionable; you think you haven’t broken the terms of service. How long would your business be unable to operate while a court reviewed your case? Could you afford better lawyers than AWS?

10 Feb 2021 — Imagine going on what you think is an art course but all it does is tell you what pencils, paints, brushes, canvas and paper you need with a bit about how to clean brushes. That would be an art framework course. You might hope that going on a TOGAF course will teach you about Enterprise Architecture. Your hopes would be dashed. A TOGAF course will teach you about TOGAF which is a framework. All you’re doing in a TOGAF course is the equivalent of learning how to clean your brushes.

11 Feb 2021 — If you’ve ever played chess, you understand that commenting on a game is very different from playing that game. Moves that are obvious to a commenter can be invisible to a player even when the player is far more advanced than the commenter. The same is true in business leadership.

12 Feb 2021 — There is a major problem in journalism where it’s cheap to get a recent graduate to do a poorly understood rewrite of a story from another outlet and give it a clickbait headline. Experienced journalists cost a lot more and produce far fewer words per day. There is a parallel in Enterprise Architecture literature except, instead of clickbait, you could call it prestigebait — architects build up a body of work in order to appear prestigious but it’s actually just poorly understood rewrites of other architects’ work.

13 Feb 2021 — “As an architect you design for the present with an awareness of the past for a future which is essentially unknown.” — Norman Foster

14 Feb 2021 — People who only listen to one side of the argument make poor decisions. It doesn’t matter whether that’s in business, politics or architecture. It may be that the people who came up with the other side of the argument are wrong but it could also be that they are smarter than you, better informed or even just lucky this time. People who listen to both sides make better decisions. People who can articulate both sides accurately make even better decisions. The question you have to ask yourself is, do you have to remain neutral until you’ve heard both sides?

15 Feb 2021 — An objective must have a known set of activities used to achieve it and ways to measure your progress. Anything else is just a wish.

16 Feb 2021 — Google Cloud made a $5.6bn loss in 2020. Although that is within analysts’ predictions and its revenue growth is strong, revenue without profit is a game that even those with deep pockets can only sustain for so long. Being a distant third in the market may not be helpful there and Alphabet has a history of rapidly killing off parts of its business that fail to make a profit. Which leaves the question, given the obvious risk that it won’t be there in a few years, is it really worth putting anything on Google Cloud?

17 Feb 2021 — The cost of making a change is not necessarily limited to the part of the business you are focussed on. Every change can have impacts in related parts of the business. There is no point in saving money on the cost of doing X if it causes a corresponding increase in the cost of doing Y.

18 Feb 2021 — In order to understand Enterprise Architecture, you need to look past process-oriented or service-oriented architecture because, while useful, they only explain a comparatively small part of the enterprise.

19 Feb 2021 — Unless an objective has a defined set of conditions and you have a way to measure progress towards them, how would you know if you have achieved the right objective?

20 Feb 2021 — “I prefer drawing to talking. Drawing is faster, and leaves less room for lies.” — Le Corbusier

21 Feb 2021 — An Enterprise Architect has to be an expert in that field but also needs to be an expert generalist. Two thousand years ago, Vitruvius recognised that a building architect needed to understand more than just structure and materials. An EA needs to have at least some understanding of art, psychology, economics, communications, commerce, finance, management and many other topics.

22 Feb 2021 — Architecture requires participation. You cannot learn it in a book any more than you can learn how to ride a bicycle in a book. You need to go do it. And, just like riding a bicycle, you need to learn surrounded by those who will teach you and keep you safe until you have found your balance. 

23 Feb 2021 — AWS has shown it is willing to shut down a business on a whim. What is to stop it from shutting down your business on a whim? What is to stop one of your competitors photoshopping a bunch of lies together and sending them to AWS? What if a journalist decides they don’t like your CEO?

24 Feb 2021 — The more distant an objective, the more it is about probability. Apart from the set of objectives right in front of you, Strategy is mostly about the direction you might head through the infinite set of possible objectives beyond them.

25 Feb 2021 — There is a huge difference between a business competence and a business capability. Business competence is the equivalent to a skill. It is the ability to execute. Whereas a business capability is what you can use that competence to achieve. In humans, having a car and the ability to drive it is a competence. That competence gives the capability to go to the shops.

26 Feb 2021 — Just because you made an honest attempt to learn something and built a coherent understanding does not mean your understanding is correct. 

27 Feb 2021 — “Goals are not ends, but ideal processes by which the future can be created.” — Warren Bennis

28 Feb 2021 — In order to make sense of how a business operates, we use hierarchies. At the lowest levels, things are pretty easy to understand. You have a process group or service category that contains a set of related activities, e.g. all of the Procurement activities. Then things can start to get less obvious. When you go to the level above that, do you put Procurement into a group based on its department or its competence? There are merits to building your structure around the org chart and merits to building it around how people engage with it. Do your stakeholders think that Procurement resides in the Finance department or do they think of it as part of Supply Chain Management? In theory, you can have both but should you?

01 Mar 2021 — Competence and capability are important business concepts. A parallel in humans is the combination of a car and the ability to drive is a competence. That competence gives the capability to go to the shops. The parallels keep going. Every car and driver combination gives a different competence even if the capability we need stays the same.

02 Mar 2021 — Suppose AWS decides you have broken its terms of service and shuts you down. Except you didn’t break the terms of service. How long would your business be unable to operate before AWS reviewed your case and switched your servers back on?

03 Mar 2021 — If your argument cannot stand up to a refutation by your peers, unless you have proof that you are right, it’s probably time to let that argument go or at least put it on your “not proven” list. Equally, just because your argument didn’t live up to its promise doesn’t mean it is wrong or that your peers are correct. Emotional investment in a specific argument is a waste of time. Invest your emotion in the quest to find a better one.

04 Mar 2021 — If you want to be an architect, you have to think. You need to create not just architecture but patterns and processes of creating architecture. If all you do is read a book and ape it without question, are you an architect or is it the book’s author? When you read a book on architecture, focus not just on the question of how you would use its contents but keep asking yourself, is there a better way?

05 Mar 2021 — Our business has competencies that deliver our capabilities. We could shut down a competence or sell it off then use someone else’s competence to give us the same capabilities. Or we can use a competence to push into a new market thus delivering a different capability.

06 Mar 2021 — “A company has no value in itself. It only has value to the degree that is [an] effective allocator of resources to create business services that are of a greater value than the costs of the inputs.” — Elon Musk

07 Mar 2021 — Imagine yourself back in the office. Look at the people around you. How many are directly involved in the delivery of a process or service? Walk around the whole building and look at the people. How many are not even indirectly involved with the delivery of a process or service? At least, not unless you really stretch the definitions of process and service then try to say that Project Managers are delivering a service. Most employees are not really involved with processes or services. Which means the average EA metamodel works well “close to the surface” with things like Customer Experience where processes and services live. But EA metamodels cannot easily describe why a senior manager needs an assistant, only that there is one.

08 Mar 2021 — There is no truth in Enterprise Architecture, only what is good enough to be taken as true for now. Tomorrow, we will have better understanding and something closer to the real truth.

09 Mar 2021 — If you cannot argue from first principles, what makes you think it’s your argument?

10 Mar 2021 — You can’t serve your customers if you go bust so you have to make a profit. Unless you have a monopoly, the amount of profit you make is a reasonable indicator of how well you designed your business and how well you serve your customers. 

11 Mar 2021 — There are many parts of a business that play no part in a customer value stream. Instead, they aim to generate value for the business as a whole.

12 Mar 2021 — Business competence is equivalent to the combination of having a car and being able to drive. The car and the driver are a system. The road is its environment. Despite what the adverts say, if you do it right, at no point does the car become one with the road. 

13 Mar 2021 — “The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes. If you foolishly ignore beauty, you will soon find yourself without it. Your life will be impoverished. But if you invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life.” — Frank Lloyd Wright

14 Mar 2021 — When dealing with a part of the architecture that can be considered a system, whether that’s the smallest IT system or an entire department along with everything it needs to operate, it’s important to recognise that system has an environment. It’s an important distinction because some architects try to consider the environment as just another part of the system but that’s a mistake. A system is something that is under control. An environment can respond in unforeseen ways. Understanding the difference changes your architecture for the better.

15 Mar 2021 — If you are ambitious and want to climb the corporate ladder, you need to constantly train your replacement. How can you climb if there is no one to take your place?

16 Mar 2021 — The probability that you will ever do anything to advance the art of architecture is tiny. The certainty is that you should still have enormous determination to try.

17 Mar 2021 — A joke that seems funny now can wear thin after the hundredth time. So, despite the temptation to do that small project in be careful with humour or whimsy in your architecture and save those for the pub.

18 Mar 2021 — If you want to avoid technical debt in your environment, make upgrades part of your BAU instead of projects. When a new platform version is released, install it right away and make it where new deployments go. Then start to migrate your oldest deployments. Doing this reduces your technical debt and gives you training on the new version.

19 Mar 2021 — A stitch in time saves nine. When it comes to technical debt, it often starts with fear of downtime. Take an old system that uses SQL Server 2005. It hasn’t been tested with 2019 because of fear of downtime. If it had been done at the time, the upgrade from 2005 to 2012 might have had problems but small and simple ones. Maybe less so with 2014. Then 2019 could be a major problem. By the time the next version of SQL Server is released, the level of potential difficulty will have increased yet again. The risk of downtime increases with every release. This applies to every IT system.

20 Mar 2021 — “Each material has its specific characteristics which we must understand if we want to use it. This is no less true of steel and concrete.” — Mies van der Rohe

21 Mar 2021 — Many business operations managers are convinced that they are the best person to design their part of the business. In some ways they are right. As an Enterprise Architect, can you explain to them the ways that they are wrong?

22 Mar 2021 — There is a scale in architecture. A significant part of any business that has to follow process. Whether that’s part of delivering a service or making sure invoices get paid, these are the jobs that are expected to be reliable and repeatable. There are also parts of the business that sometimes have to deal with unusual situations — the most obvious example being operational management — because sometimes those reliable and repeatable jobs turn out not to be so. Then there are the jobs that have almost no structure to them and every day is different. It is easier to create architecture for those at the beginning of this scale.

23 Mar 2021 — A building architect does not work to create empty buildings. Is an Enterprise Architect any different?

24 Mar 2021 — There is a huge number of people who mistakenly think Enterprise Architecture is about IT. They buy the books and go on the courses and somehow still miss the fact that IT is a comparatively small part of EA. It is amazing that no capitalist has recognised that there is a huge untapped market for a genuine Enterprise IT Architecture subject.

25 Mar 2021 — Imagine how much further into the future the world of enterprise IT would be if thousands of IT architects hadn’t wasted their time on learning an Enterprise Architecture framework. It’s not that EA frameworks are useless, it’s that EA has little to do with IT architecture so they’re mostly useless to IT architects.

26 Mar 2021 — Suppose you have a choice for a new IT system: spend time to configure it to use your current business process or spend time to retrain your business people to use the out-of-the-box configuration. Unless it would mean your business losing part of its competitive advantage or becoming locked-in to a particular vendor, it is almost always better in the long run to use the out-of-the-box configuration. 

27 Mar 2021 — “To create architecture is to put in order. Put what in order? Function and objects.” — Le Corbusier

28 Mar 2021 — There are plenty of people who think that the right way to approach change in the business is to promote it as exciting. This seems questionable. Once the change has happened, is the work really going to be exciting? Or is it still going to be work?

29 Mar 2021 — If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. But do you have the skill to tell whether it’s broke?

30 Mar 2021 — In video game design, shortcuts, secrets and cheat codes are a common design technique. What would happen if you used that technique in business systems?

31 Mar 2021 — Architecture may be a serious business but there is still plenty of room for play and playfulness in it.

01 Apr 2021 — If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. But what if your stakeholders disagree about whether it’s broke or not?

02 Apr 2021 — While most Business Change people understand why employees get upset about Change and have do their utmost to sooth them, a lot of people in IT have no idea why employees get upset when a new IT system is going in. Surely the users will love it because it’s so much better than the old system? If you work in IT, here’s a cheat sheet so that you understand why those employees get upset.
Devs: we know you’ve been using Java for ten years but we’re switching to C#. Your job is at risk unless you make it work.
Ops: we know all the VMs are in VMware but we’re switching to Hyper-V. Your job is at risk unless you make it work.
Data: we know all the data is in SQL Server but we’re switching to MySQL. Your job is at risk unless you make it work.

03 Apr 2021 — “Consequently, since this study is so vast in extent, embellished and enriched as it is with many different kinds of learning, I think that men have no right to profess themselves architects hastily, without having climbed from boyhood the steps of these studies and thus, nursed by the knowledge of many arts and sciences, having reached the heights of the holy ground of architecture.” — Vitruvius, The Ten Books on Architecture

04 Apr 2021 — When you model the enterprise, you are doing the equivalent of what building architects do when they produce drawings. In building architecture, the experience of being inside the resulting building is something else. In Enterprise Architecture, that is also the case. The experience of reality will be significantly different from the imagined ideal of your drawing or model.

05 Apr 2021 — If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. But what if it could be better?

06 Apr 2021 — Most employees like stability and don’t like any change unless it involves a pay rise. There are lots of reasons for this so your team needs to understand enough about humans and psychology to be able to grasp their motivations.

07 Apr 2021 — Even if a process has worked correctly for years, was an exemplar when put together and is still operating exactly as expected, it can still need to be replaced. The world outside of that process can change and make that process obsolete in a million different ways.

08 Apr 2021 — If reality is so different from the models we create, what is the purpose of models? Models are a communication device intended to help us show ourselves and others what will be built. The more detailed the model, the closer it comes to taking the same amount of effort to build as the reality. A good Enterprise Architecture model is not detailed but is accurate.

09 Apr 2021 — In order to understand Enterprise Architecture, you need to be able to look at a profitable business and understand that — no matter how inefficient or outdated it is — it has a good architecture and its architecture has more to teach you than you have to teach it.

10 Apr 2021 — “It takes a lot of effort to make a building look effortless.” — Norman Foster

11 Apr 2021 — Enterprise Architecture is about the structure of human activity. IT architecture is about the structure of information flow. Those two architectures must meet but those structures are two separate things and, for both to be at their best, need to be designed in different ways.

12 Apr 2021 — In order to understand why Enterprise Architecture exists, you need to understand why architecture exists. Although the word has gained a lot of additional meaning over the millennia, the core activity and reason for that activity is the same now as it was in the time of Vitruvius.

13 Apr 2021 — Human beings naturally gravitate towards hierarchies and like there to be a clear command structure. Some of them want to be at the top of that structure, others just like to know where they stand. Your architecture needs to take this into account.

14 Apr 2021 — There are heaps of argumentum ad verecundiam in Enterprise Architecture. There are also plenty of architects who think that, because they are good at their job, they are somehow an authority on architecture and miss that they are only an authority on their job. A thing is true because it is true, not because of who said it and the principles of architecture are universal.

15 Apr 2021 — Some subjects are difficult to learn because they have complicated concepts. Other subjects are difficult to learn because they have simple concepts but huge amounts of them. Enterprise Architecture has both. 

16 Apr 2021 — A change to a team probably doesn’t need any involvement from Enterprise Architecture. A change to multiple teams in a department probably doesn’t need any involvement from EA. A change to multiple teams in multiple departments is where you start to need EA.

17 Apr 2021 — “What I try to do is the art of building, and the art of building is the art of construction; it is not only about forms and shapes and images.” — Peter Zumthor

18 Apr 2021 — When you look at the architecture of a profitable business and find that it differs from your architectural theories, you need to stop and think. The business is profitable so are your theories missing something? Because reality trumps theory every time.

19 Apr 2021 — A building architect must be able to produce a drawing of the architecture of a building. An enterprise architect must be able to produce a model of the architecture of an enterprise. These are not done for the same end product but are done for almost exactly the same reasons.

20 Apr 2021 — If you look at a part of the business still using ancient practices and systems and they’re not going to change and you wonder why, it is possible that you need a better understanding of CAPEX and OPEX.

21 Apr 2021 — You are more likely to be a good Enterprise Architect if you come from a business consulting background than an IT background. Although you need a good grounding in both business and IT, the amount of business consulting experience you need far outweighs the amount of IT experience you need. You can still make it if you’re from an IT background but it will be much harder for you.

22 Apr 2021 — Why is it easier for a business consultant than someone with an IT background to become an Enterprise Architect? Enterprise Architecture is one third negotiation, one third design and one third communication. People from a business background tend to understand negotiation and communication so they only have to learn design. Whereas people with an IT background tend to only have experience with design which means they have twice as much to learn. Maybe more than that as the design portion of EA is mostly about the business.

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