When does a fair question about business become unfair? One answer: when the questioner expects to make money from an answer that they won’t pay for… I hate the money-economy with a passion, and I try to help others as …

Not playing this game any more Read more »

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How do architectures fail? One way is that we make arbitrary and untested assumptions about constraints – so how do we avoid that trap? My recent webinar ‘How architecture fails, and what to do about it‘ (see slidedeck on Slideshare, and full …

How architectures fail – 3: Constraints Read more »

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How do architectures fail? One way is that we start architecture too late or finish too early on the realisation-stack – so how do we avoid that trap? My recent webinar ‘How architecture fails, and what to do about it‘ …

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How do architectures fail? One way is that key distinctions between architecture and design can get blurred – so how do we avoid that trap? My recent webinar ‘How architecture fails, and what to do about it‘ (see slidedeck on …

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Those who denigrate architecture as ‘only theory’ are seriously missing the point, because the role of architecture is theory – theory to guide the practice of design. Without theory to guide practice, all that we’d have is design that’s built on untested …

Architecture is theory Read more »

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Yes, I’ll admit it: that whole ‘retirement’ thing in the previous post was a euphemism for “Goodbye, ‘enterprise’-architecture, and (no) thanks for all the (lack of) fish”. Oh well. Yet where does this take us? Over on LinkedIn, Michael Cooke kindly asked …

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What’s the structure of a task? What do we need in a task to make sure that we do the right things right? It’s worth thinking about this in architectural terms – in terms of that tagline for enterprise effectiveness, …

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