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The enterprise as story

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Book - The Enterprise As Story

Full title: The Enterprise As Story: the role of narrative in enterprise-architecture

Published: January 2012

ISBN: 978-1-906681-34-0

Price: £25.00

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Most current approaches to enterprise-architecture describe everything in terms of structure. Yet people work better with story than with structure – and people are the enterprise. As we expand the architecture towards a true whole-of-enterprise scope, we need to describe the enterprise as story. Story is everywhere in the architecture – even the enterprise itself is a story.

This ground-breaking book places story at centre-stage for the architecture, itself using a narrative structure to explore the role of narrative in enterprise-architecture. Via business story-structures such as the Market-Cycle, and genres such as We Sell Certainty, it shows how stories underpin every aspect of the enterprise – and how we can use story within the architecture to enhance overall enterprise effectiveness.

Topics covered include:

  • how to use story and narrative to assist in sensemaking for architecture
  • how to create engagement in the architecture through story
  • how to balance structure and story for better business results
  • how to identify and use business-story genres to guide overall architecture
  • how to change the organisation’s relationships with its ‘anti-clients’ from business-risk to business-opportunity
  • how to use story-patterns to identify and resolve strategic business-issues
  • how to leverage your own experience to create stronger architecture stories

If you want to create real engagement in the architecture and the enterprise, this is one book you’ll definitely need.

Tom Graves has been an independent consultant for more than three decades, in business transformation, enterprise architecture and knowledge management. His clients in Europe, Australasia and the Americas cover a broad range of industries including banking, utilities, manufacturing, logistics, engineering, media, telecoms, research, defence and government. He has a special interest in architecture for non-IT-centric enterprises, and integration between IT-based and non-IT-based services.

The Tetradian Enterprise Architecture Series presents new developments on theory, principles and practice of enterprise architecture – moving beyond IT to the whole enterprise.

Yabbies – a novel

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Book - Yabbies (a novel)

Full title: Yabbies – a novel (Fragments: possession, passion and purpose)

Published: June 2011

ISBN: 978-1-906681-32-6

Price: £9.95

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“Yabbies. Funny little things, all in their own world at the bottom of the dam. A bit like us, ain’t they? Can’t see a thing for all the mud in the water; bits and pieces drift down, in any old order, all out of sequence, an’ we have to make sense of them as best we can.”

This unusual novel explores ideas about sustainability from a different angle: that we can’t achieve a sustainable world without a system of law that fully supports it. To make that happen, we would need truly revolutionary change in the way we see our world: a refocus of passion from possession to purpose. In some ways, as one of the characters here explains, we may not have much choice:

“The whole system is so fragile that there’s a real risk it could collapse at any time, in a really big way. Those problems are inherent in the system, so to speak, so that the whole thing is held together by little more than wishful thinking.”

But what would happen if only some countries made that change – and others didn’t? What would happen to trade, to international relations, to everyday living? How would they deal with each other’s business-visitors, or tourists? Yabbies explores these themes through story-fragments, each piece as if drifting down to us through the waters of time, different characters describing their own worlds and experiences each in their own unique voice. And perhaps a little magic, too.

Yabbies first appeared more than a decade ago as YABI – Yet Another Book Idea. Although it has taken many forms over the years, as an interactive website, screenplay, annotated text and more, this is its first time available as a conventional novel. This new edition includes a background section on the ideas and principles behind the story, and also a suggested timeline to link the fragments together.

Author Tom Graves is best known as a writer on a broad range of non-fiction topics – from the structure of organisations to the structure of magic, and much more besides. He applies the same perceptive eye and acerbic humour to this story, using fiction to explore some of the deep-questions and ‘undiscussable’ themes of the present day.

Enterprise Canvas summary-sheet from ‘Mapping the Enterprise’

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

Extract from Mapping the Enterprise

Two-page summary of Enterprise Canvas model from Mapping the Enterprise – use this as a reference sheet whilst working.

Published: 04 December 2010

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Mapping the Enterprise

Saturday, November 27th, 2010

Book - Mapping the Enterprise

Full title: Mapping the enterprise: modelling the enterprise as services with the Enterprise Canvas

Published: November 2010

ISBN: 978-1-906681-26-5

Price: £25.00

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For strategists, enterprise architects and others, one of the hardest tasks is we face is mapping the enterprise in a form that creates and supports a sense of the whole as a whole. And it’s a task that’s often made harder by the way in which so many current model-types seem only to fragment the view ever further.

This book introduces an alternate approach: we create consistency at every level by modelling the enterprise as services with the Enterprise Canvas. It’s a new model-type that can be used to describe just about anything in any part and at any level of the enterprise, and that acts as a consistent frame for all the other models that we need in our architectures. Yet it’s also simple enough to scribble on the back of a napkin – and engage all of our stakeholders in the enterprise-scale conversations we need.

Topics covered include:

  • how to use architecture techniques to describe any aspect of the enterprise
  • how to identify the business-reasons and business-value for every activity
  • how to align strategy, tactics and operations to enterprise vision and values
  • how to identify risks and opportunities in the enterprise and its market
  • how to link strategy and execution via enterprise models
  • how to improve communication between different departments and disciplines
  • how to use concepts of service to enhance agility, adaptability and resilience
  • how to enhance efficiency and effectiveness throughout the enterprise

If you want to understand and explain how your enterprise really works, this is one book you’ll definitely need.

Tom Graves has been an independent consultant for more than three decades, in business transformation, enterprise architecture and knowledge management. His clients in Europe, Australasia and the Americas cover a broad range of industries including banking, utilities, manufacturing, logistics, engineering, media, telecoms, research, defence and government. He has a special interest in architecture for non-IT-centric enterprises, and integration between IT-based and non-IT-based services.

The Tetradian Enterprise Architecture Series presents new developments on theory, principles and practice of enterprise architecture – moving beyond IT to the whole enterprise.

Everyday Enterprise-Architecture

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

Book - Everyday Enterprise Architecture

Full title: Everyday Enterprise Architecture: sensemaking, strategy, structures and solutions

Published: April 2010

ISBN: 978-1-906681-24-1

Price: £25.00

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All of architecture comes down to one simple idea: things work better when they work together, with clarity, with elegance, on purpose. Yet how do we express that ‘one idea’ in practice, within our organisations? With what results, and for what business-value? This book describes the down-to-earth detail of everyday enterprise architecture, to show what architects actually do to deliver value fast, across the entire enterprise.

Working step by step through a real ten-day architecture-project, this book explores the activities that underpin sensemaking, strategy, structures and solutions in the real-time turmoil of an enterprise-architect’s everyday work.

Topics covered include:

  • how to use enterprise-architecture to tackle executive-level business-problems
  • how to develop an agile architecture practice that can keep pace with the real-time pressures of the real business world
  • how to identify the business-reasons and business-value for each activity
  • how to thrive on the inherent uncertainties of the architecture process
  • how to use context-space maps to guide sensemaking and solution-design
  • how to apply architecture ideas and activities to describe what actually happens in a real enterprise-architecture project
  • how to enhance architectural skills, judgement and awareness, for continuous improvement across the enterprise and in the architecture itself

If you want your enterprise to flourish and prosper in the midst of relentless change, this is one book you’ll definitely need.

Tom Graves has been an independent consultant for more than three decades, in business transformation, enterprise architecture and knowledge management. His clients in Europe, Australasia and the Americas cover a broad range of industries including banking, utilities, manufacturing, logistics, engineering, media, telecoms, research, defence and government. He has a special interest in architecture for non-IT-centric enterprises, and integration between IT-based and non-IT-based services.

Wombat & Cockie – the annotated script

Friday, June 26th, 2009

Book - Wombat & CockiePublished: June 2009

ISBN: 978-1-906681-20-3

Price: £9.95

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“Me? I’m the good guy, I’m the Candy-Man. I make parties happen, give people a good time, keep everything sweet; and yeah, keep the money rollin’ in. Until some stupid shithead turns up and tries to spoil the party. A shithead like you.

Cockie is doing well in the dog-eat-dog dominance-games of big drug-deals in the big city. He’s right up there, with the right house, the right girl, his own crew, his own clientele; won’t be long till he gets the Maserati that he craves, that will prove he’s made it all the way to the top. He knows how to win; anyone who challenges him will lose, and lose hard. But none of this will work against Wombat, a single-minded single mother who won’t play the game his way – and it’s a fight that soon sends his world spinning out of control…

This up-to-date version of The Rake’s Progress is set in present-day Australia, yet also uses a Dreamtime motif in which each player aligns with the characteristics and character of the respective bird or animal Dreaming. Beneath this, there are references to some subtle implications of present-day politics and economics; and at a deeper level again it also explores ideas about self-responsibility and ‘rights’-based evasions of responsibility, the impacts of possession and dispossession, and the dysfunctionality of the ubiquitous addictions to violence and abuse.

Originally intended as a film-script, this annotated edition gives the detailed background to the story, and shows how the Dreamtime motif acts as a powerful metaphor to describe real characters and their real-world choices. It also identifies the underlying mechanisms of abuse and violence applied in each incident in the story, and how they are used – yet ultimately fail – within our everyday experience.

Author Tom Graves is best known as a writer on a broad range of non-fiction topics – from the structure of organisations to the structure of magic, and much more besides. He applies the same perceptive eye and acerbic humour to this story, using fiction to explore ‘undiscussable’ themes of the present day.

‘Manifesto’ reference-sheet from ‘Power and Response-ability’

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

Manifesto from Power and Response-ability

Three-page ‘manifesto’ on power and responsibility in the workplace, from Power and Response-ability – use this as a reference sheet whilst working.

Published: 21 June 2009

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Doing Enterprise Architecture

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

Book - Doing Enterprise Architecture

Full title: Doing Enterprise Architecture: process and practice in the real enterprise

Published: April 2009

ISBN: 978-1-906681-18-0

Price: £25.00

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When you’re doing enterprise architecture, what should you actually do, in what sequence, for what business purpose? What skills and leadership do you need? What results should you expect? And how can you prove the business value of what you do?

For process and practice in the real enterprise, frameworks and methodologies such as TOGAF, FEAF and Zachman will all help, but it’s these practical concerns that often matter most. And that’s what this book will show you.

Topics covered include:

  • how to extend existing IT-centric architecture to the whole of the enterprise
  • how to identify business vision, values, structure and purpose, and include these as core anchors for your enterprise architecture
  • how to map business functions, services, information-systems and process flows across the whole enterprise
  • how to respond to changes in strategy, regulation, market and environment
  • how to plan for business-continuity, disaster-recovery and risk-management
  • how to tackle intractable ‘wicked problems’ in the business context
  • how to keep maintaining and extending the agility and value of the architecture

If you want to bring your enterprise architecture practice to its full business potential, this is one book you’ll definitely need.

Tom Graves has been an independent consultant for almost three decades, in business transformation, enterprise architecture and knowledge management. His clients in Europe, Australia and the USA cover a broad range of industries including banking, utilities, logistics, engineering, media, telecoms, research, defence and government. He has a special interest in architecture for non-IT-centric enterprises, and integration between IT-based and non-IT-based services.

The Service-Oriented Enterprise

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

Book - The Service-Oriented EnterprisePublished: January 2009

ISBN: 978-1-906681-16-6

Price: £25.00

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A service-oriented architecture is fundamental to many new IT applications, from Web 2.0 to social software and cloud-computing. Yet everything is a service: we can apply the same principles to every aspect of the service-oriented enterprise.

This book explores how enterprise architecture and viable services link together to create a simpler yet far more powerful view of the enterprise, as a dynamic, unified whole. The techniques described can be used in business transformation, workflow mapping, system design and much else besides, in every type of enterprise – including those in which there is little or no IT at all.

Topics covered include:

  • how to identify and describe the right delivery services, infrastructure services, management services and pervasive services you need for your enterprise
  • how to distinguish between services you can safely outsource, and services you need to keep in-house
  • how to enhance service quality, interdependence and completeness
  • how to pinpoint and map the information-flows you need for service-management and service-performance
  • how to construct function-models and service-models of your enterprise, as a base for service-mapping
  • how to use services to support agility and innovation across the entire enterprise

If you want to apply the full power of the service-oriented enterprise to your own business context, this is one book you’ll definitely need.

Tom Graves has been an independent consultant for almost three decades, in business transformation, enterprise architecture and knowledge management. His clients in Europe, Australia and the USA cover a broad range of industries including banking, utilities, logistics, engineering, media, telecoms, research, defence and government. He has a special interest in architecture for non-IT-centric enterprises, and integration between IT-based and non-IT-based services.

The Disciplines of Dowsing

Monday, September 8th, 2008

Book - Disciplines of DowsingPublished: September 2008

ISBN: 978-1-906681-08-1

Suggested price: £9.95

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Dowsing is a core skill throughout the ‘alternative’ fields, especially in healing and in earth-mysteries studies – sensing patterns and energies in the landscape to extend our understanding of the past and provide practical value in the present.

Yet whilst there are many introductory texts for beginners, there has been almost nothing that tackles the deeper disciplines of dowsing – the systematic practices and processes to take your skills beyond the beginner level. This book addresses that essential need. (more…)

Power and Response-ability

Friday, July 25th, 2008

Book - Power and Response-abilityPublished: July 2008

ISBN: 978-1-906681-14-2

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“Many of the common concepts of power in business are so close to perfectly wrong that it’s amazing any work happens at all…”

The physics definition of power is ‘the ability to do work’; most social definitions are closer to the ability to avoid it. This insight provides opportunities for a radical re-think of power and response-ability at work. Linking the human side of systems into the architecture of the enterprise creates workplaces that are more effective, empowering and profitable for everyone involved. (more…)

Eureka! – the annotated script

Friday, July 11th, 2008

Book - Eureka!Published: July 2008

ISBN: 978-1-906681-12-8

Price: £9.95

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A disparate trio of prospectors seek their fortunes in the turbulent upheavals of the Australian goldrush – and whilst none of them find what they expect, each receives the reward they deserve… possibly…

Described as “an odd cross between a mediaeval mystery-play and an exploration of the meaning of ‘progress’”, this musical comedy/satire was written to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Eureka Stockade at Ballarat in 1854 – a clash between gold-miners and government troops which became one of the founding events of colonial Australia. (more…)

SEMPER and SCORE

Friday, July 11th, 2008

Book - Real Enterprise ArchitecturePublished: July 2008

ISBN: 978-1-906681-10-4

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Traditional management texts focus most of their attention on ways to improve local efficiency. Yet the real goal is enhancing enterprise effectiveness – for which an over-emphasis on efficiency alone can cause more harm than good. As enterprise architects, tasked with creating enterprise structures and capabilities that are ‘efficient on purpose’, we need some means to keep aware of the whole enterprise at all times, right down into the details of day-to-day work.

This book introduces a suite of tools and techniques to fulfil that need. These include SEMPER, which not only provides a rapid diagnostic to measure enterprise effectiveness, but automatically identifies appropriate interventions for change; and SCORE, a versatile replacement for SWOT analysis.

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Elements of Pendulum Dowsing

Monday, April 28th, 2008

Book - Elements of Pendulum DowsingPublished: May 2008

ISBN: 978-1-906681-04-3

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Dowsing is a way to use your body’s own responses to find fresh answers for practical questions. The most popular tool for dowsing is a pendulum – anything from a ring on a string, a crystal pendant or a builder’s plumb-bob. Although the basics can be learnt in a matter of minutes, the real skill is in learning to make sense of the subtle responses that ascend from our inner knowing – and it’s that part of dowsing that is the main focus of this book. (more…)

The dowser’s workbook

Monday, April 28th, 2008

Book - The Dowser's WorkbookPublished: May 2008

ISBN: 978-1-906681-06-7

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Dowsing is a way of using your body’s own reflexes to interpret the world around you. By establishing what your reflex responses mean, it is possible to find hidden objects, to understand things more clearly, and to develop new and better ways of decision-making. (more…)

Bridging the Silos

Sunday, April 20th, 2008

Book - Bridging the SilosPublished: December 2008

ISBN: 978-1-906681-02-9

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For more than a decade, enterprise architecture has been comfortably ensconced within the IT domain. Yet in many organisations, the gap between business and IT is more like a gaping chasm, whilst some other silos are more like separate worlds. To gain the best business benefits from architecture, it’s time to move out, bridging the silos to link everything the enterprise is and does.

This book provides a structured ‘conversion course’ for IT-architects wanting to get to grips with the much broader scope of enterprise-scale architecture. (more…)

Real Enterprise Architecture

Saturday, April 19th, 2008

Book - Real Enterprise ArchitecturePublished: May 2008

ISBN: 978-1-906681-00-5

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Enterprise architecture started as a formal business discipline some years ago as a means to rein in the cost and complexity of IT systems. Yet whilst enterprise-architects are still most often found in IT departments, and most frameworks such as Zachman, FEAF and TOGAF are strictly IT-centric, it does not belong under IT at all. In practice, real enterprise architecture is concerned with the structure of the entire enterprise – the integration of everything the enterprise is and does.

This book introduces a new approach to tackle the much broader scope of enterprise-scale architecture, using a systematic, iterative process for architecture development with a framework based on the well-known Group Dynamics project life-cycle.

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Books – General

Friday, April 18th, 2008

The General books list includes books on a variety of different and often uncategorisable themes.

Books – Social Challenges

Friday, April 18th, 2008

The Social Challenges series presents new and challenging perspectives on social, political and economic themes.

Books – Enterprise Architecture

Friday, April 18th, 2008

The Enterprise Architecture series presents new developments on theory, principles and practice of enterprise architecture – moving beyond IT to the whole enterprise.