Agile should buzz off…

Agile should buzz off…

Ok, I admit that I find buzzwords to be annoying. Not just because that’s the conventional wisdom but more because I think I’m a bit of a cynic at heart. When somebody tells me that they have found something new and great, I often assume they are just...

Architecture Again

Apparently, one of my recent blogs was pretty controversial. In it, I discussed an evolving opinion on the role of enterprise architecture in many of our organizations. Over the weekend, we presented some of these ideas to the MBA students at Cornell/Queens University...
Where should architecture sit?

Where should architecture sit?

I have a theory. I’d like to test it… First, only for the purposes of this discussion, let’s classify technology groups into two types: An “IT organization” builds and maintains applications and infrastructure for its “internal” customers. For example, they may...
Information architects need a home

Information architects need a home

When we do organizational strategy work for internal IT organizations or technology groups, one of the most common discussion points is where the information architects/ data czars/ data architects should live in the company. Someone has to figure out how a piece of...
Who Should Stay and Who Should Go?

Who Should Stay and Who Should Go?

IT organizations, along with the rest of their businesses, will continue to face pressure to cut staff. This raises a tough question: who should stay and who should go? Most people would agree that even cuts across the board, while seemingly fairer, are likely not the...