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Book of the month – August/September 2023

Architecture Modernization: Socio-technical Alignment of Software, Strategy, and Structure by Nick Tune and Jean-Georges Perrin In the realm of architectural modernization, where the future of businesses is continually shaped, this book serves as a comprehensive guide and a strategic roadmap to understand and navigate the challenges behind this transformative journey.  Firstly, the book delves into…
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Architects’ landscapes of practice

As enterprise architects, we work with many different stakeholders and with many different themes and issues. The enterprise architecture body of knowledge is huge and diverse. The body of knowledge of a profession is not the pile of dominant books and standards of said profession but should rather be understood as a ‘landscape of practice’…
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community of practice Etienne Wenger

Book of the month – June/July 2023

Communities of Practice Within and Across Organizations: A Guidebook by Etienne Wenger-Trayner, Beverly Wenger-Trayner, Phil Reid and Claude Bruderlein This guidebook is an indispensable resource for anyone with an interest in understanding and harnessing the power of communities of practice. Written by renowned experts in the field, it offers a comprehensive and insightful exploration of…
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situational awareness

Bring back a focus on situational awareness

Our Book of the Month has as a central theme ‘double awareness’. That is, about maintaining a simultaneous focus on task and process – what we do and what we notice. As Svalgaard says, “double awareness is not only a core capacity but also a core challenge”. Svalgaard continues the argumentation from Donald Schön, who…
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Elephant in the Room: Engaging with the Unsaid in Groups and Organizations by Lotte Svalgaard

Book of the month – May 2023

Elephant in the Room: Engaging with the Unsaid in Groups and Organizations by Lotte Svalgaard Lotte Svalgaard’s book, “Elephant in the Room: Engaging with the Unsaid in Groups and Organizations,” offers a compelling exploration of the challenges surrounding difficult conversations in group settings. By delving into sensitive topics like power structures, and controversial decisions, Svalgaard…
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Security architecture, tom madsen

Book of the month 2023 – April

Security Architecture – How & Why? by Tom Madsen The author begins by stating that security has an important property that most people know about. However, only few pay any attention to it. The usual approach to cybersecurity, which consists of a checklist of technical and procedural controls typically fails. It happens because many people…
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enterprise security architecture

Enterprise security architecture 

The answer for a growing concern over cybersecurity Cybersecurity is a critical concern for organizations of all sizes and types, as cyber attacks can result in significant financial losses, damage to reputation, and legal liability. Therefore, enterprise architects must stay up to date with the latest trends and best practices in cybersecurity. This can ensure…
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Mintzberg understanding organizations ...finally

Book of the month – February 2023

Understanding Organizations …Finally! by Henry Mintzberg The book is a comprehensive and insightful exploration of the different ways in which organizations operate. The author draws on his extensive research and experience in the field of management. The readers will gain a deeper understanding of how organizations function, and how they can be managed more effectively.…
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merger and acquisitions

Book of the Month – January 2023

Holistic Enterprise Architecture for Mergers and Acquisitions by Scott Bernard The EA6 Cube is a well-known and widely used model in enterprise architecture. One of its key benefits is a comprehensive breakdown of the enterprise into architectural domains and threads. It allows to capture the fundamental aspects of any organization at the appropriate level of…
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The Systems Thinking – a selection of gems to add to your reading list

The Grammar of Systems: From Order to Chaos & Back by Patrick Hoverstadt I have looked forward to recommending this month’s book. When I taught systems thinking at the university some ten years ago, I used Patrick’s The Fractal Organization: Creating sustainable organizations with the Viable System Model as the textbook. And when I edited…
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