Knowledge and Understanding vs Follow a Recipe

I’ve been learning to bake bread. I’ve baked bread before, both with a machine and by hand. I can also turn my hand to cooking, although I wouldn’t claim to be an expert. I wanted to bake better bread and make a wider variety of loaves so I got a few books and started following recipes. That’s when things started Continue reading Knowledge and Understanding vs Follow a Recipe

Can you cost justify Architecture

There is a discussion on Linked In “You can’t Cost Justify Architecture!!! Can you?” “According to Zachman, cost of Architecture should not be scrutinised. It is not an expense but an asset that help in bringing Alignment, integration, change and mass customisation. As an Architect agree with statement but with a business hat on will I agree to that? Probably Continue reading Can you cost justify Architecture

Well formed problems: all problems are questions, not all questions are problems

I was listening to a talk on radio yesterday and someone was asking questions of the form “how do we make sure that entitlements go to the needy?” This is a question, but it does not define a problem. A well formed problem has: A goal Questions that must be answered in order to achieve that goal The goal is Continue reading Well formed problems: all problems are questions, not all questions are problems

Architecture is just modelling by another name

What do IT and enterprise architects really do? They create models. How many architects know anything much about modelling, as a discipline? In my experience, very few. And it shows. IMHO, it’s one of the key reasons why so many large scale IT projects fail. It’s also a prime example of the Dunning Kruger effect. Many architects who don’t understand Continue reading Architecture is just modelling by another name

The Elephant didn’t make to the UKSim conference

My paper, Nonlinearity – the Elephant in the model, didn’t make it into the UKSim 2014conference. I’m not surprised really. It was all rather rushed and I suspect that it was too confronting – but that’s just supposition on my part, I haven’t had any feedback – all I know is that it isn’t on the conference program. However, it Continue reading The Elephant didn’t make to the UKSim conference