Grass-roots architecture governance

Introduction Most people I work with think of architecture governance as something imposed upon the populace from above. They see architects operating from a kind of control tower: architectural guidelines and rules, constantly fighting to uphold the norms they themselves concocted. I do not think that will work in the long run. For me, architecture governance works much better when it self-organises from the roots. For that, a simple model has been created that I would like to share with...

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Business-centred ArchiMate

Introduction This article attempts to reconcile the ArchiMate modelling language with Business-Centred design principles, principles I strongly advocate. ArchiMate as a language (or, as some would say, a grammar, since a rigid definition of its semantics does not exist) is very “traditional” in the sense that: it is very IT-centric it explicitly invites the modeller to use a data-centric world view it does not exploit the power of distributed systems (for example as it should be doing with...

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Holocratic transformations with enterprise architecture

This article discusses the crucial role that can be played by enterprise architecture for organisations embarking on the journey of transforming themselves to holocracies. At the moment the article is only available in Dutch, we’re sorry. To read the article you can go to Kantelen met enterprise architectuur.

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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 mining tool. It aims to help in creating executable business process models. 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 gathers all kinds of metrics to help you evaluate...

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We launched our new websites and logo!

Last Friday, after some weeks of hard work, we launched our new websites, with a totally redesigned style and logo. There are still a few hick-ups (such as an SSL certificate that is not working properly, causing problems on the https versions of our sites 😢), but those will be repaired soon. These are the most important changes: The function of the sites has changed robvens.nl is now entirely Dutch, targeting a recent addition to the portfolio of Reflektis: mediation, conflict coaching...

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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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