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The architecture of IT value



Published: 2016-04-16T11:41:28-05:00

 



Pivoting IT education

2016-04-16T11:41:28-05:00

Flying back from the IT Service Management Forum meeting in Oslo (where I was honored to give an AM keynote), I watched The Intern. It stars Robert De Niro as Ben, a 70-year old widowed retiree whose boredom leads him...



IT4IT as a reference architecture

2016-02-25T10:28:14-06:00

Part 3: IT4IT as a reference architecture In January 2014, as an AT&T executive assigned to Target, I made the case I should attend the National Retail Federation’s big party (ahem, convention) in New York, at the Javits Center. I...



IT4IT: Asking the harder questions.

2015-12-04T19:07:35-06:00

2nd of 3 parts. Part 1 Disclaimer: this post represents my personal views only. Let’s confront some of the harder frequently asked questions about IT4IT. "IT for the sake of IT”? “Oh, you want IT for the sake of IT?...



IT4IT: what you need to know

2015-11-30T13:18:23-06:00

First of 3 parts Disclaimer: this post represents my personal views only. I was in Edinburgh, Scotland this October for the official launch of the IT4IT standard by The Open Group. As a followup, I attended the HDI/IT Service Management...



What ITIL didn't say

2015-11-14T14:58:30-06:00

I never wanted to doubt you but I'd be better off without you I'm no good at lookin' the other way It wasn't what you said it's what you didn't say Mary Chapin Carpenter, "What You Didn't Say," Shooting Straight...



Charlie's current projects

2015-11-05T10:26:08-06:00

Note: dm-academy.com has been redirected here for a time. Yes, I've been a bit lower key on this blog. Current content work is in the following channels: Agile IT Management, from startup to enterprise The first survey textbook for collegiate...



The functional vs product fork in the road

2015-07-05T11:24:45-05:00

The following section is from my forthcoming book, about midway through. This book is pivoting to be a fully realized academic textbook on Agile IT Management, from startup to enterprise. I work at a teaching university instructing a diverse student...



Two-speed IT, not.

2015-04-27T20:56:48-05:00

Bernard Golden has some good thoughts on bi-modal IT . My view is summarized in this picture: By my reading, there is nothing in current Agile theories (especially Reinertsen) supporting the hypothesis of bi-modal IT. We need parametric IT, not...



Risks of container tech

2015-04-25T16:59:02-05:00

I’ve been working with Vagrant over the past few months, and recently started investigating Docker hands-on in my lab. Both container technologies are impressive and useful and are changing the face of application delivery. But I have questions about licensing...



Emergence: theme of the 3rd edition

2015-04-08T10:37:33-05:00

"Emergence" by Jack Wolf - 15" X 15" -- Oil pastels on posterboard - Creative Commons - Flickr I am starting the third edition of my book. The 2nd edition came out in 2011, and already the industry and my...



New SEIS 660 course description

2015-04-04T21:44:45-05:00

Still polishing, but my new course description will look something like this: SEIS 660 Information Technology Infrastructure This course covers the engineering and operation of IT infrastructure, and related IT management practices in both theory and practice. Students participate in...



Reinvention Part V: What's next?

2015-04-03T19:26:44-05:00

Part V and last of the series, "Architecture, Agile, and personal re-invention" For my long time readers who may be scratching their heads over the last few posts, here's where I bring it back home. Evolving the Calavera simulation of...



Reinvention part IV: Productivity w/Linux desktop and AsciiDoc

2015-03-29T11:19:45-05:00

Part IV of the series, "Architecture, Agile, and personal re-invention" On a different topic: I've supplemented this whole adventure with some personal productivity upskills that became essential: Linux desktop Asciidoc toolchain My main Windows 7 workstation was badly corrupted, to...



Reinvention Part III: Calavera update

2015-03-25T19:29:32-05:00

Part III of the series, "Architecture, Agile, and personal re-invention" In the previous post we covered lightweight virtualization and its usefulness for architects. On to the actual software environment. OK, so Vagrant gives you raw servers. You still need to...



An Architect's Reinvention Part II: Vagrant, GitHub and more

2015-03-24T08:00:00-05:00

Part II of the series, "Architecture, Agile, and personal re-invention" As I discussed in my previous post, I've taken the DevOps challenge to heart and am going to gemba to understand it better. This has required an intensive round of...



Gemba, reinvention, and the butterfly that is DevOps

2015-03-22T15:27:05-05:00

Part I of a new series, "Architecture, Agile, and personal re-invention" Architects and analysts have a lot in common, and I've been some combination of both for quite a while. We deal in abstractions, because we have no choice –...



Announcing Calavera

2015-01-05T17:11:19-06:00

Updated 3/22 Calavera is now in a full 6-node alpha release. ================================ I am announcing the Calavera project, a DevOps walking skeleton for education purposes. This is the continuation of my previous post, A DevOps Simulation for Education. Since that...



Moving past "IT vs Business"

2014-11-30T12:57:30-06:00

The "IT vs Business" meme is popping up on Twitter again. I've covered this here and here, but let's just recap: 1. Humans have always depended on tools and technologies. Therefore the use of technology is inextricably intertwined with what...



DevOps simulation for education

2014-10-26T09:51:28-05:00

Updated 1/18: The project is live. See the Calavera Project on Github. As some of you may know I have a night job as an adjunct for the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. The class is Software...



Agile and Enterprise Architecture

2014-09-24T08:18:47-05:00

This blog is inspired in part by Jason Bloomberg's recent critiques of Enterprise Architecture (EA) and discussion of Agile EA at Netflix. Agile EA has been a topic for some time, with Scott Ambler being a notable pioneer. Various authors...