decommissioning stinks – a story

Most of us have had exposure to the remains of some system replacement that didn’t quite finish decommissioning the legacy system.  Perhaps it still performs some current functions, or is simply used to access historic or run off data. We often feel this is problematic and the result of a lack of commitment, but is…

the dark side of removing complexity

Complexity is often public enemy number 1 for technologists in large corporations, and rightly so.  Lets forget about good versus bad complexity, and focus on the latter.  Okay, so I often use other peoples quotes, but here is an original (as far as I know): “Complexity is highly resilient and therefore difficult to remove, but…

wu wei – effortless action for enterprise architecture

How much energy do we spend as Enterprise Architects getting frustrated about strategies and road-maps not being funded and implemented as we envision?  If you find yourself behaving more like a salesmen than a visionary and trusted adviser, then perhaps a famous ancient Chinese philosophical text called the Tao Te Ching written by Lao Tzu…

enterprise architects need uncertainty

If you need to be sure about which door to walk through (or which to send your company through), then enterprise architecture is going to be a tough gig.  Enterprise Architects need uncertainty because this is the oil that keeps our trade viable, we just need to embrace it.