Disruptive Palooza : Possibilities, Futures and Predictions


I started this blog entry no fewer than ten times in the last three months. I have tried under a range of titles and verbosity to map out my thoughts on the overall complexities of the roles of Enterprise Architects, and how that also comes with connotations and expectations that include the need to be a balanced mix of Consultants, Analysts, Forecasters, Futurists, Thought Leaders, Visionaries …

Yet, whilst we are meant to have those answers, we are still being asked to “shoot behind the duck” as we manage implementations, offerings and solutions that have passed their hype cycle climbs and peaks. Just like a perfect bowl of morning cereal, we are meant to wake up on the dawn of an engagement, be able to pour out a balance of business wholesomeness, technical nutrition and financial tastiness to provide the kick start needed. We’re meant to have the answers to be not too heavy on the legacy and not too light on the predictions, all while being “Just Right”. Continue reading “Disruptive Palooza : Possibilities, Futures and Predictions”

expanding the synaptic roadmaps

The value of maths problems from those mathematics classes when we were at school was not about whether you would ever use them in real life (though I have in some of the strangest ways!) but the fact that it rewires your wetworks.

The value of maths problems from those mathematics classes when we were at school was not about whether you would ever use them in real life (though I have in some of the strangest ways!) but that it rewires your wetworks.

The same, I believe, goes with expanding your general knowledge of a field outside of the one you are in.

As a general rule, I think we tend to either stick to what we know, and learning tends to be within the scope of the general field we are in. It’s natural, and it’s normal, and it occurs in every industry with every skill set.

Ever notice how after a couple of weeks, any new exercises or physical activities you take become easier? If you were trying to lose weight, you’ll notice it’s about this time that the impact starts dropping off. It’s because our bodies are designed to increase efficiency. Just like our muscles, our minds will find ways to become efficient in the areas we use most.

To increase the ability to make a bigger impact and train our muscles (or synapses) to be able to handle more, we need to keep changing gears and exercises. This is one reason I continue down this philosophy of reading a great variety of topics and challenging myself to learn something new everyday.. I see it as a way to keep training my brain to be fit. Different paths to think, different ways to see a problem. Different ways to a solution.

That said, I am also lazy. I am. I tend to recycle work, re-use and re-post. A comment I made on the workplace collaboration site gets sanitised and reposted on one of my social networks, and sometimes the opposite happens.

I was asked after one such status cross-post (Thinking is difficult; That’s why most people judge” — Carl Jung) to recommend a reading list. So, I present my leveraged post from that network to here as this weeks blog entry.

Any chance of a reading list?

You know, this is a really hard thing for me. It’s like saying, any chance of recommending your favourite oxygen particles? I am reminded of a quote by Maud Casey

I was born with a reading list I will never finish.

So, where do I start? This is going to take a while …

One of the greatest rewards of a reading life is discovery and I think it’s important that you go through the process of exploration and discovery … and sometimes, just read the books that happen to find their own way into your hands. Continue reading “expanding the synaptic roadmaps”

is eating inherently unethical?

Consider this: The act of eating, by simple definition, is the incorporation into the eater of the autonomy of the eaten. Through the collection, preparation and mastication there is no other way to describe it, this is a violent destructive act of that living autonomy. Continue reading “is eating inherently unethical?”

We need to foster change. We need an end to victim blaming.

I have always been someone who believes in egalitarian equality. Which is why years ago someone was surprised by my response to a rape allegation in the news with a comment I made about how I hoped it’s “not a case of false allegations” and challenged me on it.

Now before everyone jumps up and down, it was a genuine concern. However It was not built from some misogynistic viewpoint but was actually based on a fear of authority.

You say what now? Continue reading “We need to foster change. We need an end to victim blaming.”

On working and living

A few comments hit me over the last week that has inspired this post. The first was something that occurred at my partner’s workplace, where a manager used a supposed near death experience in their past to justify their need to achieve and be a workaholic. The second was a comment by my own manager in a response to a team mate’s blog, “work to live, don’t live to work”.

Sometimes words are just words. You hear them over and over again over a range of years and they have no impact on you. “Work to live, don’t live to work” was such a set of words for me. Continue reading “On working and living”

What social media can offer us as consultants …

At first glance social media might seem to be a bit of a productivity black hole.

Oh, don’t worry – I’ve heard a great deal of reasons and excuses of why it should be avoided.

At best, naysayers are happy to proffer it with a huxleyan warning that it is a cesspool of activity in which people can amuse themselves to death whilst being constrained into an electronic prison where we are targeted by vendors whilst fed a false sense of personal freedom. In fact, the worst thing I have seen it called is an electronic feeding ground for emotionally crippled, narcissistic pariahs.

Yet, to my mind, I think that the accessibility of immediate, transparent, global, (practically) free (as in speech, not beer) communication is one of the most breathtaking information advances since the telephone. Continue reading “What social media can offer us as consultants …”

At the end of the road lies a floating restuarant

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We went off for a wee bit off a drive across Gippsland, and into Sale for some lunch, then across to Lakes Entrance, where we had a dinner of a seafood platter on a houseboat.

Unfortunately, the place has swapped hands, and in doing so has lost it’s talent. It’s always a shame to go back to a place you have fond memories of to see that the shine has been licked off, but they still keep polishing the plastic trying to convince you it’s still the same trophy.

Regardless, we had a lovely stroll along the edge of the lakes and back to the motel, watched the Time Traveller’s Wife, taught Ingrid how to play Scopa (Italian card game) and had an all round pleasant night. Continue reading “At the end of the road lies a floating restuarant”