Should you derive your IT Strategy from your Business Strategy? Probably not too much.

It is generally accepted that IT Strategy must follow Business Strategy. It seems a no-brainer. But is it? There are reasons to look at it differently, reasons that become more pressing as organisations become more digital.

“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…

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…

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…

Agile teaches us the true meaning of Architecture

What is architecture? Not of cities or buildings, but the organisational version: enterprise architecture, solution architecture, application architecture, software architecture, business architecture, infrastructure architecture? My neck hairs generally rise a little when we architects turn to this particularly vexing and…

Panta Rhei — How more ‘agile’ can make you less agile

Agile and DevOps are on the rise. Hardly anyone these days defends up-front design approaches or project-based over product-based change. It seems to many that 'agile' is seen as a free pass for unlimited change. This is an illusion. Working…