Sometimes you write something and over time, when you revisit, you really like it. Maybe because it is your best or most entertaining writing. Maybe because you think the message is particularly important and has withstood the test of time. Or maybe you are proud on all the research that went into it. I list those posts here.

Losing a Limpet – What happens when we don’t have Enterprise Architecture? - Recently, I had a conversation with someone about how to do enterprise architecture. I prepared that conversation by trying to condense my basic argument for the`enterprise chess‘ approach to the absolute minimum. I started out with the question: “Suppose we don’t…
Agile & Architecture - Confronted with the problems of Waterfall approaches, organisations are all jumping on the Agile bandwagon. This is often a very good thing. Big Up-Front Design (BUFD) has many drawbacks in volatile environments and much of what happens in IT happens…
The Great Escape: “EA is not about IT!” - As soon as you, as an enterprise architect, want to address the problem of the complex Business-IT landscape, and you actually acknowledge in a discussion that Enterprise Architecture has come into existence because of the complexity of modern IT-laden landscapes,…
Is ArchiMate® an Open Standard? Not really. - ArchiMate, the enterprise architecture modelling language, is a standard from The Open Group (TOG). Most people infer from this that ArchiMate is an open standard (I did once) and often assume The Open Group is some sort of a not-for-profit…
Why is Stakeholder not a Role in #ArchiMate? - In Plato’s ‘Socratic Dialogue’ Protagoras, Socrates and Protagoras (the great ‘Sophist’) have a discussion on what knowledge and skill is and how people acquire these. I am reminded of that discussion as I am thinking about how to explain my reasoning…
“I, Robot” – there is no such thing as ‘Customer Self-Service’ - Recently, Samuel Holcman published the short Outside-In vs. Inside-Out in Enterprise Architecture document and announced it on LinkedIn. The issue he raises is that the clients of organisations more and more seem to become the ones that perform the organisation’s processes (e.g. self-service),…
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