Strategic Interweaving

Business Transformations through a structured integration and alignment of Strategy with Operations.

Anders is a Strategic Interweaver and Architect with international experiences on all levels, United Nation, EU, global, regional and national (standardisation) organisations, as well as national state agencies. 

JUN
22

Framing the Essence of Interweaving and Architecting

In the search for the underlying meaning, essence of an idea and practice, it is often beneficial to visit and explore areas, topics, aspects, or subject fields that are known to be interweaved with the explored ideas, artefacts, and practices. In order to explore the frame, focus, scope (what is included, excluded) and scope, we visit intersecting, or overlapping, ways of thinking, theories, practices, etc. that are known to be relevant to the idea of architecture, the practices of interweaving and architecting). 

It it is worth mentioning that an underlying belief for the Framework of Interweaving and Architecting approach (FIA) is, that it is beneficial for inhabitants of an enterprise, organisation, etc. to look at their worlds through the lenses of the interweave and architecture. A lens that focus on the salient, fundamental,important, material, essential, or instrumental elements that interweave the strands of an organisation, enterprise, building, facility, system.

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MAY
30

Advancing the Interweaving and Architecture Discourse

Note: This article is an In-front-of-the-curtain article aimed at practitioners. For the scientifically inclined, Behind-the-curtain articles will be published on the website: <fia.workem.org>.

In the interconnected, and a global world of today the ideas of the interweave and architecture provides ways of thinking, ways of doing, work products, and tools that address complications, complexity and the manifold of perspectives in human enterprises.

Interweaving and architecting provides unique means to untangle and interweave the complex multi-disciplinary and interconnected fabric of enterprises, organisations, communities, technical, and information systems. Where peoples identity, beings, doings, belonging and becoming, and fortunes relate to one another.

This article introduces general interweaving and architectural practices and approaches to the fields of interweaving and architectural discourse. As such it represents a continuation of the short series Ways of Interweaving and Architecting that aimed at exploring different ways to interweave and architect. This work is alive, and a work in progress since an interweaving and architectural practice without dynamics quickly becomes rigid and obsolete.

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JAN
19

Ways of Architecting #7 - Who is architecting?

This seventh article is continuation of the series that address "Ways of Architecting".

The new aspect introduced here provide additional characterisation of architecting by focusing on who performs architecting.

Architecting can be performed in many ways, some ways are recommended by professional enterprise architecture associations, some has evolved through practices, and some exists outside the profession. A strong tradition from the IT, engineering origin of Enterprise Architecture is that a professional organisational unit, or function is responsible for architecting. However looking outside the IT/engineering departments, in the wider enterprise and its organisational units, architects are not commonly found. Instead architecting can be considered as being performed by professionals (CxO, strategist, analysts, organisation designers, managers, etc.) that co-create fundamentals (important, essential enabler, material)elements of the enterprise, make material decisions, and use the same techniques, models as architects. This often unknowingly of that what they do can be called architecting.

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DEC
11

Ways of Architecting - Belief System, Theory, Method, Technique

This sixth article is continuation of the series that dives into "Ways of Architecting".

The new aspects introduced here provide additional characterisation of architecting by focusing on elements of ways of addressing, thinking about architecture, and ways of working with architectures.

A specific approach to architecture and architecting may involve specific assumptions about the real world and architectures, belief systems, theories, principles, and architecting techniques, methods. These may significantly determine characteristics  and qualities of actual architectures, as well peoples perceptions and conceptions of architectures. 

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DEC
03

Ways of Architecting - Scope, Type, Kind, Naming

​This fifth article is continuation of the series that dives into "Ways of Architecting". The new aspects introduced here provide additional characterisation of architecting by pointing to the importance of the object of architecting and what types and kinds of architecture that are relevant to architecting efforts. At the end I include an ide...
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DEC
02

Architectural Drafter (Modeller) - A Profession

Architectural Drafter (Modeller) - A Profession

Architects and architectural drafters (modellers) work together in ideating, designing, evaluating enterprises and organisations. They both share a passion for ideas, motivations, decision making, quality, and transformation projects involving commercial, government and non government organisations. While they may have similarities and work in the same industry, the responsibilities they perform are different, as well as experience and competency requirements.

It is interesting to note that in the world of Enterprise Architecture, the two different disciplines are not widely recognised. 

This is unfortunately since an important professional path is not available for aspiring architects. And also because the vital distinction between architecting and modelling becomes blurred, leading to the risk that companies may be hiring inspired modellers rather than architects.

In the Work Oriented approach to architecting the two disciplines of Architecting and Architectural Drafting is recognised as distinct, albeit important.

REF Architectural Drafter (modeller) for more Information on Architectural Drafters (modellers).

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NOV
16

Ways of Architecting - Architecting styles in history

From the world of Building architecture, we find the following Timeline of architectural styles.

The next articles covers different architecture styles in history.

 

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NOV
11

Ways of Architecting - Tradition, Style, Taste, and Fashion

This third article is continuation of series that dives into "Ways of Architecting" Series. 

The new aspects presented here are tradition, customs, style, taste, and fashion. These important aspects of contemporary architecting are worth considering by organisations applying architecting practices, architects themselves, and scholars. Knowing where the discipline comes from is always valuable, especially in the fast paced and interconnected era of Internet. The ideas of tradition, custom, styles, taste, and fashion promise to enrich the understanding of any particular variant of architecting or architecture, their current impact, future possibilities, and challenges. At the end of the article I am outlining a set of characteristic of a tradition that has evolved in the field of enterprise architecting - Traditional EA.

For the purpose of this series of articles, and not to dwell in details, the definitions of terms are common sense oriented and not formally defined.

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NOV
04

Ways of Architecting - Reflection

The nature of Ways of Interweaving and Architecting can be explored through an interesting thought experiment, involving a reflective question. The answer(s) to this question often provide a good indication on the approach you are likely to prefer, use, and/or advocate.

"What do you believe is the most important feature of interweaving or  architecting?"

a) form and give space to peoples decision making? b) identify and describe capabilities of an enterprise, and use these descriptions to design, build, and run them?

More reflective insights may be gained by answering a followup questions:

"Do you work with architecting in the spirit of the answer(s) to the first question?" or "Do you practice what you think and preach?"

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NOV
03

Ways of Architecting - startup

The discipline of Enterprise Architecture is a young way of addressing the manyfold of enterprise concerns compared to older structured disciplines such as building architecture, strategy development, and organizational design. The youth is slowly being transformed into maturity in some areas but into turmoil in others.

This, and the next articles aim at introducing a techniques that can be used to analyse the way people and organisations see and practice interweaving and architecting. This in order to better evaluate how the ideas behind interweaving and architecting can be beneficially applied within an enterprise. Using this technique enables a clearer understanding of where people, and organisation comes from when they advocate a certain way of addressing architecture and architecting.

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SEP
01

Interweaving & Architectural Thinking - Use of methods

In this article I address the central question … 

"What makes architecting unique, valuable and ensures a place in an organisation?"

… from the point of use of methods and tools.

The first topic to address is the use of methods and tools.

An observation can be made that a considerable number of (Enterprise) Architecture ways of working are based on well-defined frameworks, methodologies, meta-models, viewpoints, principles, information models, and processes. In most cases these are predefined and it is recommended to follow the methods and techniques (or make an organisation specific configuration) to produce a set of well-, and predefined work products. This pattern of framework building and use is strong for traditional (enterprise) architectures and the following question becomes interesting.

"Is architecting founded on the use as specific set of methods, techniques, in a specific sequence, and on predefined guidance?" 

The short answer to this question is No. The longer answer follows in a brief format.

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