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alphasong
Minneapolis
Fortune 100 IT professional and specialist in IT governance architectures.
Interests: Music, history, philosophy, spirituality.
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All, Karel van Zeeland of Shell and myself will be keynoting Tuesday morning, May 13, at the Open Group meeting in Amsterdam. http://www.opengroup.org/events/timetable/2278 Here is the announcement in full: A Reference Architecture For the Business of IT Charles Betz, Chief... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at lean4it
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One more cut at this - in correspondence with Steven Alter, have added outcome. So, the term "service" may connote: Outcome Act Offering System I think these are all unique connotations and I have heard "service" applied to all of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2014 at lean4it
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Part 2 of this series (Part 1) (updated thisimage 3/16) Longtime readers will know I always care about semantics. Questions of definition have been a staple of this blog. Might be why I don't get as many readers as some... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2014 at lean4it
Over the past few months I have been on a journey to deepen my understanding of the term "service," and to test for some level of consensus among a number of interested parties. The unclear semantics of "service," "IT service,"... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2014 at lean4it
Compiling business metamodels here. 3/8/2014 added OBASHI 3/23/2014 added UPDM Metamodes with a "service" construct Adaptive Service Model, Taking Service Forward initiative (ITIL authors & other ITSM luminaries). Reports that they will shift from this to the Archimate model. http://bit.do/ASMmetamodeldiagram... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2014 at lean4it
I am compiling a list of the ITIL v1 titles for future reference. Thanks to Martin Erb for many of these, and for pointing me to AbeBooks.com where I found most of the rest. Some are from a picture of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2014 at lean4it
PS please feel free to cross post over at ITMA on LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=5103870&trk=my_groups-b-grp-v
Toggle Commented Nov 5, 2013 on Is the shared services model dead? at lean4it
Agree that a the idea of a unified queue has to cope with operational realities - varied granularities have to be accomodated - but while a project per se is larger grained than an incident, the project decomposes into deliverables, work orders, issues, risks, etc which *are* roughly comparable in granularity.
Toggle Commented Nov 4, 2013 on Is the shared services model dead? at lean4it
Bill is a database administrator in a large enterprise. Or a Unix administrator, or a security architect, or any of a number of similar positions providing shared services. There are three primary ways that demand for Bill’s services appears: Project... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2013 at lean4it
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I invite you to join me at IT Management Architectures, the new LinkedIn group replacing the erp4it Yahoo group, which will be sunset soon. Wordle is a gratifying creative outlet and I spent some time honing the above diagram based... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2013 at lean4it
All, here is an excellent paper: http://www.ajilon.com.au/en-AU/news/Documents/News_PDFs/100528_Dr_Daniel_Moody_Software_Engineering_Keynote.pdf What I find interesting is the emphasis on science. "Relying on common sense to make such decisions is unreliable, as the effects of graphic design choices are often counterintuitive." Moody here is criticizing... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2013 at lean4it
More - what are the historical roots of "digital"? I haven't looked into that. But it all starts with the etymology from my perspective, that's how I understand semantics.
Toggle Commented Sep 6, 2013 on Leave the "IT" in "ITSM" at lean4it
I don't know that I would privilege IT over other functional areas even today. Nothing takes place outside of a legal model for doing so. We are like fish in an ocean for the most part with our lack of awareness of legal frameworks but even the basics of mercantile exchange rely on a carefully specified set of laws which at the end of the day can invoke the coercive authority of the state. I also am not sure the HR professionals would agree that they are outmoded either. I can still think of business models that don't need much if any IT. See today's post from Gartner's Richard Gorton. http://blogs.gartner.com/richard-gordon/2013/09/06/how-software-automation-may-have-gone-too-far/ Some of this shades into my post What is IT Value (http://www.lean4it.com/2012/06/what-is-it-value.html). Every functional area needs to focus on outcomes. If it doesn't, it's a cancer. But exactly HOW does this great tradition of IT do so? To restate - IT Value is found in qualifying the organization to participate in information-rich, transactional environments, and -- to the extent that performance depends on excellence in managing information -- in elevating this performance above peers. At the end of the day I am not ready to abandon a word like "information" with its rich context. That's always the temptation - term "x" has acquired too much baggage, so let's give in to the fashion show and throw it out. The trouble is that the fashion show never ends and we continually have to then "refresh" the language, which I think erodes not enhances social utility. I'd rather focus on improving the clarity of usage and keep terms like "information" front and center so we retain line of sight back to our origins.
Toggle Commented Sep 6, 2013 on Leave the "IT" in "ITSM" at lean4it
Also see http://stochasticresonance.wordpress.com/2009/04/01/meatcloud-manifesto/ where this also was said 4 years ago.
Thanks Jez. The thought process was a familiar one for me: simple - complex - simple. I tend to agree with you on the change size issue, as noted above due to fundamental limits of complexity, but Majid's line of inquiry remains interesting. I really hope sooner or later someone is able to validate these hypotheses through process mining from actual ITSM, ALM, or kanban suites. I think there is a real deficit of such research in the industry.
Toggle Commented May 30, 2013 on DevOps CLD part 2 at lean4it
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Part 1 of this series. So, as we left off, I had a first draft DevOps Casual Loop Diagram: I had the following exchanges with Rob England (the IT Skeptic) and Majid Iqbal (co-author of ITIL Service Strategy, 1st Edition):... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2013 at lean4it
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When I was revising my book Architecture and Patterns for IT, I started to delve into the then-emerging topic of DevOps. One of the models I put forward in my investigations was a naive "Change vs. Stability" diagram, something along... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2013 at lean4it
Credit where due: I was reviewing Jez Humble's Continuous Delivery and he delves into this issue in depth on pages 295-300.
Thanks. email me char AT erp4it.com and I can send you. Reviews on Amazon are always appreciated. I had many reviews on the 1st edition but Amazon has now split them away from the 2nd edition.
Toggle Commented Mar 17, 2013 on Kindle confusion and other Amazon woes at lean4it
Great point Niek. Yes, these criteria should be part of standard RFI/RFP templates for tools in this space.
Moving on with the 2nd in my series of Enterprise Devops posts. As I write this, I am listening to this excellent presentation of John Allspaw and Paul Hammond of Flickr, which goes into great detail around the core DevOps... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2013 at lean4it
another test Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2013 at alphasong
Peter, you anarchist. Next thing you'll be saying that knowledge is socially constructed. Chris... I guess I wind up going philosophical. Agree that shared meaning is essential. As a data architect, have spent many hours driving diverse stakeholders towards just that end. But what is "true meaning" and who determines it?
Toggle Commented Jan 9, 2013 on Defining Enterprise DevOps at lean4it
I think there is more we can do in profiling how information-rich a given enterprise's operating context is. Big data...
Toggle Commented Jan 7, 2013 on What is IT Value? at lean4it
Of course, entrepreneurs are often bounded by limited resources. Should have noted that. This blog is a first draft.
Toggle Commented Jan 7, 2013 on When positive feedback isn't at lean4it