Managersonline.nl – Gebrek aan structuur staat flexibiliteit van IT in de weg

IT is tegenwoordig een belangrijk middel, zo niet het belangrijkste middel, om innovatie te realiseren en het verschil te maken met de concurrentie. Source: www.managersonline.nl De beweging binnen IT naar agile is reeds lang gaande — ikzelf ben daar sinds 1995 bij betrokken. Het artikel stipt een aantal interessante punten aan in deze beweging: De “business” heeft deze beweging nog niet ingezet, en denkt nog in silo’s en in beton gegoten processen IT wordt (teveel) gezien als...

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Logging architecture decisions

Or: don’t use the architecture Decision Log as a control mechanism. Tempting isn’t it? All those architecture decisions get logged there. Favourite pastime of the control-freak enterprise architect: review the logged items and write comments on them, reset their state from accepted to rejected. Don’t. Well, let them log. Let them review. Let them improve. But don’t interfere unless absolutely necessary. And with necessary I usually mean: you have something to bring to...

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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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Kantelen met enterprise architectuur

Hierarchy and Holacracy team structures | Source: ridiculouslyefficient.com Niet alleen in Nederland maar wereldwijd is er een ontwikkeling gaande in de relatie tussen werknemers en bedrijven. We zien dit op een aantal aspecten. We zijn aan het kantelen. Ten eerste in het toenemende aantal zzp’ers (of ZP’er, Zelfstandige Professional, zoals ze zich vaak liever noemen). In 1996 waren er nog 330 duizend personen werkzaam als zzp’er, inmiddels zijn dat er ruim 800 duizend (2014) (bron:...

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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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De Bonobo architect

Voor een succesvolle implementatie van architectuur in een organisatie, of het nu een project is of een multinational enterprise, is het karakter van de architect (-en) van groot belang. Niet verbazingwekkend. Wij weten allemaal dat de mens de belangrijkste factor is in het spel. Toch? Zeker in het spel in en rond politiek “zwaar geladen” organisaties (en welke organisatie is dat niet?) leven allerlei opvattingen en ideeën over leiderschap en welke karaktereigenschappen nu het meest...

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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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