Unconventional Archive

  • Large technology organizations don't simply become agile. They're either agile or not. If they're not, the path to being so is via change, often radical change at that.

    Nogility

    Large technology organizations don't simply become agile. They're either agile or not. If they're not, the path to being so is via change, often radical change at that.

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  • Architecture is about holistically describing the system of people, process and technology. It can be abstract and conceptual, or it can be concrete and detailed. But it is never merely a specific product set from a specific vendor.

    Architecture is Not: a Vendor Product

    Architecture is about holistically describing the system of people, process and technology. It can be abstract and conceptual, or it can be concrete and detailed. But it is never merely a specific product set from a specific vendor.

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  • Anything IT does should be seen as consistent. Using words like "Principle" with the definition most people have for it is a sure-fire way to disappoint folks. It turns out that instead of a iron clad 'always-will-do' thing, our Principles are merely suggestions.

    Unprincipled Architecture

    Anything IT does should be seen as consistent. Using words like "Principle" with the definition most people have for it is a sure-fire way to disappoint folks. It turns out that instead of a iron clad 'always-will-do' thing, our Principles are merely suggestions.

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  • You can quote all the learning management, skills management, performance management and professional development plan statistics you want, but we all know that title misdirection thrives in large Fortune 500 companies. It's like a tapeworm in a Mexican restaurant: it is a target-rich environment. It isn't endemic to IT, but it seems to be especially pernicious in this critical field.

    You, Sir, Are No Architect

    You can quote all the learning management, skills management, performance management and professional development plan statistics you want, but we all know that title misdirection thrives in large Fortune 500 companies. It's like a tapeworm in a Mexican restaurant: it is a target-rich environment. It isn't endemic to IT, but it seems to be especially pernicious in this critical field.

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  • For white collar career paths, the ability to identify, assess and diagnose business problems and then go on to prescribe and execute solutions absolutely demands thoughtful approaches that don't magically come with the diploma. The education is a foundation. It is not a end unto itself.

    MBAs Are Worthless

    For white collar career paths, the ability to identify, assess and diagnose business problems and then go on to prescribe and execute solutions absolutely demands thoughtful approaches that don't magically come with the diploma. The education is a foundation. It is not a end unto itself.

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