Capability Components

Pardon, which sector? – Xtech and Why I’m Fed Up with Tech part 3

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I’ve written previously about the issues with xtech that arise from applying -tech to the end of a sector such as healthtech, fintech, etc. And I introduced (and revoked) the idea of a -value suffix. Earlier this week, a conversation earlier made me think more about this and I want to explore the concepts of Business Capability and Capability Components further. The entrepreneur mentioned that he was in the finance sector. On questioning further, the offer was a financial app for any sector. There’s a big difference and we can explore that difference in a matrix between capabilities and sectors. At first glance, that looks like a contender for the world’s least useful matrix. On second glance, I’d also probably agree with my first impression. Not only does every cell in the matrix have a tick in it (so there’s […]

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Using Archimate for Business Motivation Model and MSP – Part 6: Capabilities and Org Units

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Taking the model defined so far and introducing the concept of capability changes and the effect on the organisation units. Recap In the first article, I introduced the standards and the tools that are in scope of this series of articles. To recap, the chosen tools/standards/methods are: Archimate – The open source enterprise architecture modelling standard Archi – a tool for working with Archimate Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) Business Motivation Model (BMM) In the second article, I introduced how I’m handling benefits and goals. In the third article, I introduced the corporate element of the BMM. In the fourth article, I introduced the Blueprint element of MSP. In the fifth article, I introduced the whole diagram so far and the achieving different perspectives on that model In this article, I’m going to introduce a related model that includes how to […]

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High-heels, guitars and cultural expectations

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Expectations can run deeper than you may at first think, especially if those expectations are based on decades of cultural information/misinformation. This may affect attitudes towards quality or acceptance of new ideas, including industry innovations. If we’re aiming to make changes in an organisation, we should look out for the deep-rooted expectations of what’s acceptable. It’s about the form High-heels have been a feature of women’s attire for centuries, especially since the latter half of the last century. They’ve become a focus for discussing what’s acceptable in our society, to the extent of legislation in some countries banning companies from requiring its female workforce to wear heels. But also, from a moral perspective about whether wearing them can ever be required. Setting the moral and legal arguments aside, let’s take a quick look at what’s behind them. Morris conducted an […]

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The Taco of Business Architecture – What’s the Purpose of Business Architecture?

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As a profession, Business Architects are in danger of becoming defined by just one of the products that they create. Unfortunately, it reduces the value that the profession can provide to organisations and limits expectations of prospects and clients. What went wrong? Imagine a fine-dining chef who makes tacos once at the request of a favourite customer. The chef knows tacos will do the job, she knows they’re sustenance, she knows that there are better products and even advises the customer of what she can do instead. But the customer wants tacos, so she delivers. Other people like tacos as well. So she becomes known as a taco chef and the world is left short one fine-dining chef. Or rather, she’s no longer unavailable to provide the fine-dining experience since she’s now cooking tacos at the request of many customers. […]

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Using Archimate for Business Motivation Model and MSP – Part 5: Perspectives

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The model I’ve been using in the previous articles has grown to become relative complex (complex for a online article, not for a typical business architecture model) while trying to describe a common situation in most organisations. I’m going to show it all in one diagram in this article and show different perspectives on the diagram. Recap In the first article, I introduced the standards and the tools that are in scope of this series of articles. To recap, the chosen tools/standards/methods are: Archimate – The open source enterprise architecture modelling standard Archi – a tool for working with Archimate Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) Business Motivation Model (BMM) In the second article, I introduced how I’m handling benefits and goals. In the third article, I introduced the corporate element of the BMM. In the fourth article, I introduced the Blueprint […]

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KonMari Method applied to Organisational Design

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Can we apply the KonMari to Organisational Design? The KonMari method describes how to tidy your house and how to keep it tidy. It is a set of rules that you can absorb in order to keep a less cluttered house. Having read through the concepts and the rules, I noticed some similarities to the domain of Organisational Design. So let’s work through some of the main rules. 1. Tidy all at once The premise of this is the concept that tidying an untidy house a bit at a time doesn’t work. Now before I hear you say Continuous Improvement, we have to remember that at first with KonMari, the house is already untidy. And so it is with our organisation. We’re performing Organisational Design because the  organisation is an unfit state; it’s untidy. So let’s allocate enough time, effort […]

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Enterprise Architecture as a household chore

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If transformative change is the task of ironing, then Enterprise Architecture is the act of stretching the fabric across the ironing board beforehand. Ensuring that the creases that already existed are smoothed out, allowing the change to flow freely, instead of exacerbating the folds that were already present before the change. Experienced Enterprise Architects will know just how much stretching is required, how hot to make the change and, most importantly, when it’s done and it’s time to move onto the next item.

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What’s in a Role Name?

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How many people do you have in your organisation that produce the product for the customer and how many manage those people? We assume more people doing and fewer managing within an extended enterprise (allowing for counting those in outsourced functions). Background I was trying to find a new contact in a well-known company. One with a significant presence in the UK (might originally have been a UK company if I remember correctly). And I wanted to know who the relevant partner-relations person would be. You’d think that would be a public role and relatively easy to find. What I noticed as a I searched through LinkedIn and cross-referenced with Twitter was that everyone was a manager. I hadn’t selected any seniority level, the search results reflected all the titles in that company. So I looked a bit further down […]

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Confirmation bias in design thinking

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Every few years another fad comes around. Look back long enough and you’ll see lean, systems thinking, TQM, CRM, structured systems and many, many more methodologies and/or approaches. The problem is in the delivery of the projects when the terms become more widespread. Background What we’re seeing is the climb of two methodologies: Service Design and Design Thinking. You can probably add in Human-Centered Design and Inclusive Design into that mix. Many organisations are adopting these methodologies to solve their existing problems, switching from a lack of methodology or from more formal, structure methods to ones centred around design. I’m increasingly seeing Design Thinking heralded as the way forwards, but there are some issues with that approach. To be clear, I’m a supporter of Design Thinking and many related methodologies. I’m not necessarily a supporter of how those methodologies are implemented in many […]

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How a Simple Change Can Bring Multiple Benefits

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I’m often designing change programmes for large organisations. I’m an external consultant, an outsider coming into the organisation that already exists. There are already governance boards in place, whether for operational, financial or change governance. These boards happen on a regular basis, often on a set day of the month. As an outsider, I’m not going to be able to change those days. At most, I can influence the shifting of one or two on ad-hoc and in very rare occasions, the executive sponsor is senior enough to be able to change the day because it suits her as well. But remember that a lot of other activity is set around these events and most organisations will resist changing the day. So why do we need to change the day? If you think of a typical design sprint, then it’s […]