Friday, September 12, 2008


Enterprise Architecture: The lost art of informal communication...

Why does everything nowadays have to be a thinly veiled chock-a-block eye candy Powerpoint that has to be reviewed a dozen times? Have we forgot that business folks are human and sometimes appreciate informal communication...

The more informally a team works, the less the strain on management to keep track of things and micro-manage activities which is usually the first sign of a project death spiral. To encourage informal communication, team building and team dynamics is absolutely vital.

Maybe enterprise architects need to stop worrying about perception management and instead adopt the practices of a gadfly. A gadfly is someone who goes about asking questions that stir thinking and discussion. Some folk are just natural gadflies and are prone to think outside the box, throw out unconventional ideas from time to time which ultimately leads to the innovation that the business desires of IT.

When was the last time you had a conversation with the business that you deeply enjoyed? How about when was the last time you had a conversation with your bosses boss that you truly enjoyed? Maybe enterprise architects need to refactoring thinking and not just processes and code...

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