navel gazing

The entries on the main page are my response to the predictable and somewhat self-justifying treatises on Enterprise Architecture that can be found all over the web.

The problem can be simply encapsulated by a representative example; if you ask two enterprise architects to provide a concise and lucid description of their role, you will receive at least four answers.

And don’t ever follow that up by enquiring on exactly the purpose the function may offer to the host organisation. Unless you have an afternoon to spare and enjoy watching people argue on the margins of the argument.

This may sound a little harsh, but my frustration is not that EA doesn’t have a simple to demonstrate initial and lasting value to most organisations, but in the way architects waste time showcasing methodologies, roadmaps and artefacts rather than actually trying to fix some business problems.

The entries will cover off everything to what pragmatic EA looks like, who is it for and how do you gain their trust. It’ll also address the structural issues of most EA functions being lost within IT and then attempt to humorously prod the balloon of certification with a pointy stick.

There’s a important dialogue to be had around the value of EA, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a bit of fun debating it!


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