Our massive use of IT (the information revolution with its information inertia and its fast but stupid behaviour) is enabling our innate behaviour to surge against our learned behaviour and that is severely damaging the social structures we humans have created. Why is this happening and what can we do about it?
The amount of IT we have brought in the world is turning the human species into something 'extended'. IT has behaviour and as such is an amplifier of our intentions. IT is us, it is inseparable from us. What culture does your organisation's IT embody?
Because of the sheer volume of IT in the world, the behaviour of IT itself is becoming more and more an 'independent' factor, and we humans are adapting to it. Digital enterprise, digital transformation, Agile and DevOps are all illustrations of this tipping pont in the information revolution.
Long ago, when computing started the ones starting it were mathematicians. This was logical as the machines were machines executing logic, the mathematician's bread and butter. This has led to a few side-effects that make it harder to manage IT well.
I wish you all a good 2020. I've been very busy with necessary to do's (such as migrating my infrastructure, house renovations, etc.) and that has prevented me from writing much. I expect to return to writing pretty soon. In…
A new version of the ArchiMate standard has been published. People buying the PDF Mastering ArchiMate book after Nov 5, 2019 will get a free upgrade *if* I publish a new edition.
On Oct 21, I will be giving (at Enterprise Architecture Conference Europe 2019 in London) a half-day workshop titled "Setting up Effective Architecture Governance Without a Formal EA Framework". Come join me (during possibly the last frantic days before Brexit)…
John Zachman is often called 'the father of Enterprise Architecture'. Some will characterise his work as irrelevant and John a dinosaur. But he is surprisingly agile, in more ways than one.
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 Daylight Lifecycle Management — is described.
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…