I’ve been spending nearly half my time in Philadelphia over the past while,
and I just happened to have a spare Saturday yesterday, so I hightailed it
downtown. I had two objectives – to explore the Museum of Art and to attend
a Brahms concert by the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra. One of the featured
exhibitions in the adjacent Perelman Building caught my eye. It’s named,
Work on What You Love: Bruce Mau Rethinking Design. I wasn’t sure what to
expect; I certainly hadn’t heard of Bruce Mau before, but I am always
interested in design and design methods.
The gallery is essentially laid out to be controversial, to challenge one’s
status quo thinking. In a video, Mau says, “practically everything that we
do is being designed or redesigned; if you think about the way that we live
now our life from womb to tomb is a design experience. If we want a great
life experience... (more)
If you address the question of how to scale Agile projects by considering
what framework to use, you are only looking at one aspect of the problem.
Scaling is all about coordination – managing enterprise considerations and
cross program dependencies, and the defacto frameworks (SAFe, LeSS and DAD)
focus on the people and process dimensions. However, in combination with a
factory approach you may be able to automate many of the compliance and
dependency management issues.
The question of how to scale Agile development has been around a while. In
January 2015 I commented  on a c... (more)
I note interesting debates about the need for a next-generation EA framework.
However I am disappointed by the less than radical nature of debate that, at
least I, have observed. I submit a good place to start is with the
fundamental nature of business and how it is evolving and to consider what
the enterprise of the future looks like. There are many indicators that we
are entering a new phase of IT exploitation that will represent a real
paradigm shift. Paul Krugman suggests IT is at last becoming significant,
enabling a technology revolution to rival previous technology revolut... (more)
The way we design business is undergoing profound transformation. For the
past 100 years business design has been directly influenced by Frederick
Taylor, focused on how we do work and how we can make it more efficient. The
LEAN and Six Sigma movements are the visible manifestation of that thinking.
Together with BPM they have focused on incremental improvements of primarily
internal processes and tasks encoded in process orchestration and workflows
that control how the enterprise works.
But this is equivalent to looking in the rear view mirror to design tomorrows
business. In t... (more)
Since the 1970s, authors like Alvin Toffler, Daniel Bell and John
Naisbitt have predicted the post-industrial society. They forecast the end
of the industrial era and the dominance of services and information. This is
not a new message; the entire service provider industry has reformed around
this idea, and in the USA today non-manufacturing industries account for
almost 90 percent of the economy. Virtually every product today has a service
component to it and many products have been transformed into services.
One of the most interesting examples of this is the Amazon Kin... (more)