Author Archives: EBAnous

About EBAnous

EBAnous works as a business architect for a FTSE-100 company in the south-east of the UK

EBA – Art or science?

A very interesting post from Nick Malik over at Vanguard EA recently. Go read it first and then come back, I’ll wait. I was touched by his (almost) cri de cœur at the end… Today… I do not know The … Continue reading

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Hello world…

…although I’m not sure whether anybody will be reading this. I can’t believe it’s nearly a year since I last posted here… *flaps a cloth around and sneezes at the disturbed dust* I first started this blog to help analyse … Continue reading

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Let it go… and let it break

I guess our business is much like any enterprise in the sense that the pressure to find that extra saving, that extra efficiency is always present. When combined with the increasing sophistication of end user computing (EUC) tools this can … Continue reading

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Functional Dependency Map – Follow Up

We’ve used a Functional Dependency Map for quite some while now to track risks and dependencies across our roadmap. Once every 4 weeks we get the full project management team together for an hour to run through the dependencies with … Continue reading

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Analysts and architects

In a previous post I talked about how we segregate the roles and accountabilities of business analysts and architects in our organisation. I also stated my belief that the “business analyst and architect role are not quite as far apart … Continue reading

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Analysis and architecture

Note: I originally titled this post “Analysis vs. architecture” but deliberately changed it based on the tone of the post as it emerged. So, I’m not quite sure what inspired this post from Nick Malik but it certainly provoked reactions! Kevin … Continue reading

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Process or Capability Architecture

An interesting post from Nick Malik recently about how process architectures and capability architectures are different – picking up on an article from Paul Harmon. I’ll be very interested to see the promised “later blog posts”. In the meantime, though, … Continue reading

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The art of compromise: Designing deliverable architectures

You’re initiating a new project: you’ve mapped it against your strategy contribution framework; you’ve done your capability mapping and updated your knitting pattern; you’ve planned your architecture increments; updated your functional dependency map; adjusted your road map; you’ve provided a … Continue reading

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Business Architecture: How long?

Interesting article from Jeff Scott at Forrester. The headline for me was “63% [of survey respondents] thought they could create the core business architecture in less than two years” followed up by his caution that this was over-optimistic. I have a lot … Continue reading

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Help needed – How tactical should my architecture be?

Yeah, the title of this post probably didn’t give you much to go on did it? Let me explain… We’re in a service business where our key customers are corporate customers rather than individuals. Our strategy calls for us to … Continue reading

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