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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.

The object of the practice is primarily social enterprises, such as business and not for profit organisations, government and non-government organisations, as well as time constrained programmes and projects. Although it also covers technical and information systems.

Co-Creation

The interweaving and architectural practices are open and inclusive in the sense that it can and preferably should be used with other professions, disciplines, and their ways of working and thinking. These practice assumes that its practitioners will coexist with highly skilled individuals providing complementary & unique services, and not overlapping responsibilities, nor deliverables.

Practices

The interweaving and architectural practices offer three interdisciplinary parts:

  • Interweaving,
  • Enterprise-wide architecting,
  • Modelling/drafting, and

that aims partly at:

  • Providing a practical, acceptable, and actionable practice, that
  • considers stakeholders manifold of work-perspectives and attitudes in the language of decision makers and doers.
  • Delivering results and realising worthwhile benefits that contribute to desired state of affairs, over the life cycle up-to the horizon.
  • Accommodating the interests of stakeholders and their performance criterion, subject to freedoms and limitations (rights, constraints,..).
  • Co-creating architectures with the interweaved stakeholders.

Usage

The practices can be beneficially used for many purposes, examples include, but are not limited to;

  • creating shared mental models,
  • business design,
  • strategy development, execution, and monitoring,
  • bridging and interweaving work done by people with different work and professions,
  • evaluations and inquiry,
  • conformity assessment,
  • blueprints,
  • enterprise knowledge & information management,
  • practice as part of engineering, governance, management, and compliance practices.
  • …the list of beneficial use is rather long. The interweaving and architectural instruments has a wide range of usages.

Who can Interweave and architect?

The practices can be performed by any person for their personal mastery, managers, professional, and in an organisational setting or networked.

Creation of Specific approaches

The contribution is unique in that it provides a general approach to interweaving and architecting, which specifically can and should be extended into specific approaches. This feature enables the creation of specific approaches that address the needs based on factors such as;

  • the unit of interest (enterprise, company, facility, machine, system, etc.),
  • frame of reference (whole enterprise, strategy, IT department, … etc.)
  • organisational division of labour (work, job, role, position, and responsibility)
  • kind of deliverable (strategy, advice, mental model, blueprint, …)
  • general approach to interweaving or architecting,
  • type, kind, and style,
  • assumptions, beliefs systems, and theories,
  • methods and techniques used,
  • multi-disciplinary use (architectural design, etc.),
  • certification by professional organisations.
  • productification by consulting, research and advisory companies.

This specialisation feature is designed to address the myriads of use of the “architecture” word by practitioner, companies, and organisations, while maintaining the general and common sense meanings of interweaving and architecting.

The specialisation feature can also be used to define more special kinds of practices and frameworks, such Enterprise Architecture.

In the following articles, the content of the interweaving and architecture practices will be further unveiled and discussed.

Enjoy!

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