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The Enterprise As Story preview e-book

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Book - The Enterprise As Story
Preview e-book of The Enterprise As Story (contents and sample chapters)

Preview published: February 2012

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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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    note: until 30 April 2012 the ‘preview’ contains the full e-book content; a sample-version with less content will be available thereafter

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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.

Everyday Enterprise Architecture preview e-book

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

Book - Everyday Enterprise Architecture
Preview e-book of Everyday Enterprise Architecture (contents and sample chapters)

Preview published: April 2010

Download: free – click here (PDF, 2.7 MB).

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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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  • e-book sample
    note: until 22 May 2010 the ‘preview’ contains the full e-book content; a sample-version with less content will be available thereafter

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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.

Doing Enterprise Architecture preview e-book

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

Book - Doing Enterprise Architecture
Preview e-book of Doing Enterprise Architecture (contents and sample chapters)

Preview published: April 2009

Download: free – click here (PDF, 1.03 MB).

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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.