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I used to think it was a bad idea for the organisation to allow programs or projects to drive go-to-market RFP tenders to acquire high-cost strategic enterprise technology platform infrastructure. …


“This is good enough.”

Forget Myers-Briggs. Here are five character defects good architects have:

A Good Architect is Lazy

Because they’re lazy, they hate doing repetitive work. They’re happy to spend extra time creating re-usable patterns, guidelines, and presentations, which they use to explain…


We’re don’t have to dumb down our architecture knowledge assets — because we never dumbed them up in the first place.

If the Stakeholder Can’t Understand It, the Architect Doesn’t Understand It Either

We’re using the Archimate architecture content meta model and iconography, in a Very. Very. Very. Simple. Manner.

Specifically, we are not using the advanced, whack-o, fancy-schmantzy, rockety-sciencey, UML-y, Archimate…


This article references Daniel Defoe’s A Journal of the Plague Year— a story worth checking out if you haven’t yet come across it.

Before I tell this story, I want to acknowledge the grief COVID has caused for so many people. It has been hell for many, and it’s not…


Denham Sadler’s story in InnovationAus.Com about the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission’s (ACIC) biometric identification project falls into the category of “funny if not so tragic”.

(And if you’re not getting the regular newsletters from InnovationAus.Com — you should sign up immediately.)

There are many questions this article raises for the…


Justin Hendry published a great story in IT News today (Monday 26 March 2018), which I’m going to use to illustrate a point.

My point is about learning from failure, which is at the heart of all agile methods. …


During my TOGAF course in Sydney last week, I was reminded that many highly experienced senior professionals — who are responsible for programs, projects, and the design and delivery of high-value business technology solutions — are not familiar with the concept of industry architectures.

They don’t understand what they are…


I’ve run a lot of TOGAF training courses over the years. Why do people attend TOGAF training? Because they want a better job. A lot of students have asked me for advice on:

“How do I get a job as an enterprise architect?”

This has caused me to become interested…



A lot of us in the “business technology products and services” industry think of ourselves as “hard-nosed, can-do, delivery-focused professionals”.

Sometimes, we react negatively when we encounter a colleague who asserts that formal methodologies and frameworks have value in improving our work process and outcomes.

“Jeeze, Fred, that’s all…

Jon McLeod

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