Debunking myth of the survival of the fittest

As in nature, as in society, as in business: it is a tough world out there. Only the strongest, fittest, best survive. You need to have talents, in terms of raw strength or in extrovertness or blind ambition. If not you will not make it in the world, be it the biological or the business world. This assumption, intimately linked with a kind of innate, imprinted mindset of neo-classical economics, prevails the attitude of most if not all business decision makers. A few days ago I was at a meeting...

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Requirements Management and TOGAF

… or any Enterprise Architecture framework. As you may know TOGAF puts Requirements Management in the centre of its ADM method: TOGAF ADM As one might expect, since this aspect of enterprise architecture is so prominently placed, it will be given a lot of attention in the TOGAF standard, right? Not so. The number of pages dedicated to this phase in the ADM in the 9.1 version of TOGAF is 8 pages. Preliminary 12 Architecture Vision  10 Business Architecture  14 Information Systems...

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The Bonobo Architect

To successfully implement architecture in an organisation, whether a project or a multinational enterprise, the architects’ character is key. Obviously. We all know the human factor is paramount. Don’t we? Especially in politically charged organisations (which organisation isn’t?) all kinds of ideas about leadership and effective character attributes abound. To an extent some of these ideas are supported by accumulated knowledge about human biology. Or maybe I should say animal biology. About...

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SmallSim

SmallSim is a business simulation tool. It helps building complex business models, and then execute these models. With SmallSim you create executable models. The important differentiating characteristic of SmallSim is that SmallSim is not only executable, but it executes inside a full-fledged simulation environment. These business models can be the centre of a business-centred software architecture for enterprise systems (also called the Business Domain or Domain Component). Using...

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LogSim

Introducing LogSim Note: LogSim is not to be confused with the British company Logistics Simulation Ltd., or with a log-making simulation program from HALCO Software. LogSim is a process modelling and mining tool. It aims to help in creating executable business process models with extensive analysing capabilities. LogSim is a business process modelling tool with integrated simulation facilities. In LogSim you not only build business models, but you execute them, you let them run while the software...

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Scrum masters are not project managers

Everyone in the agile community will understand this (I expect 😉). If we talk about “managing” we agilists understand that the team “manages” itself. That difference with “traditional” projects, managed by a project leader or -manager, is constantly emphasised by scrum pundits. This article is not for that in-crowd but for people attempting to understand the agile approach to projects. There is no difference in opinion as to why we have projects: we want to...

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Scaling Agile means Scalable Architecture

With the growing popularity of Agile, mainly in applying scrum for IT development, issues need to be tackled relating to scaling up the development effort. Scrum came to birth in small teams that had a lot of mandate, typically 3 to 10 person teams. These days we see Scrum used for major efforts, involving hundreds of developers, testers, and what not. An example of that “scaling agile” is the DevOps teams originating with the Dutch bank ING. Another is the Spotify approach (with its...

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The Death of the Mail Man

David Horsey Copyright 2013 Tribune Media Services The invention of the modern computer can be seen as a fundamental paradigm shift. But contrary to what the technology geeks want to make us believe, it is not about technology, digital content, the internet, or electronic devices. Since it can (and in a few decades, will) be seen as fundamental, and since we are still in the thick of it, it is very hard to realise the implications of this revolution. We are part of the “Zeitgeist”,...

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Round instead of square

This is a typical artefact from an architect: It consists of the typical modelling constructs found in those work products from architects: squares, blocks, rectangular things stacked on each other. For many people, even architects I fear, architecture is more or less synonymous with stacking blocks in layers. The work products in TOGAF are also named as such: building blocks. Blocks. It reveals a mind set, a paradigm if you will, with which problems of an architectural nature are approached:...

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The need for clarity

In the Netherlands we have this saying when we want to describe how we “translate” complex documents in esoteric language for a larger audience: “Jip en Janneke taal” (the language of Jip and Janneke). Jip and Janneke are the names of the two main protagonists in a series of  children’s novels by a great Dutch writer, Annie M.G. Schmidt. The series was written in the period between 1952 and 1957 and is still required reading for kids all over...

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