Standardisation/rationalisation is a tool and a wish of many enterprise and it architects, focused as they are on simplification of the complex. But while superficially you can be very standardised, lifecycle events of all the parts can still turn the landscape into a 'hard problem'. Managing lifecycles is something organisations wrestle with because of the complexities. A model to manage lifecycles of items in your landscape — called Sunshine Lifecycle Management — is described.
“Architecture in an Age of Agile” is online
I've (finally!) posted the narrated presentation of a slightly adapted version of my keynote at the Enterprise Architecture Conference Europe 2018: "Architecture in an Age of Agile". Both Architecture and Agile are important aspects of maximising your success in digital…
Another error corrected in my #ArchiMate 3.0.1 Reference Sheets
I've corrected another error (again reported by Alun Champion. Thanks!) in the ArchiMate 3.0.1 sheets. The Realisation from Technology Interface to Business Interface was in the sheet twice. Not a breach of the grammar, but better to have it fixed…
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To be and not to be — is that the answer?
If you believe much of the reporting done on quantum computing, it is around the corner. We look at how quantum computing works and how realistic it is that it will be available any time soon. With a small appendix on the continuum hypothesis.
Error corrected in my #ArchiMate 3.0.1 Reference Sheets
I've corrected an error (reported by Alun Champion. Thanks!) in the ArchiMate 3.0.1 sheets (in the depiction of the Motivation aspect). This has been corrected. The corrected PDF (print two-sided and laminate is the best use) can be found here.
Two Celebrations, and the New Year’s Eve #ArchiMate Quiz answer
Solution to the New Year's Eve ArchiMate quiz and celebrating half a million views on this site and 200,000 for the animation.
New Year’s Eve 2018 #ArchiMate Quiz
Thanks to Jean-Baptiste Sarrodie, the ArchiMate Forum Chair, at the close of yet another interesting year, I present you with a new ArchiMate Quiz question. The image — presented here in Mastering ArchiMate colours — is shown here: And the…
Prioritising Architecture and Debt with “Dado’s Diagram”
The previous blog post introduced a way to use WSJF (Weighted Shortest Job First) in Architecture prioritisation settings. That approach does have something missing which my colleague Henk Dado's approach to prioritising the fixing of debt has: a way to…
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Agile, Dirt, and Technical Debt
Our discipline has long been working with the concept of 'technical debt'. Generally, technical debt is a (often hidden, but not always) defect of some substantial scale. There is substantial effort involved in repairing the debt, otherwise wel will classify…
Prioritising Architecture under Agile
In the previous story, Agile teaches us the true meaning of Architecture, I introduced a 'new' definition of Architecture: the design decisions that are hard to completely remove from implementations (or in short: that what is hard to change). And I…