Systems thinking / enterprise architecture: perspectives on enterprise architecture and systems thinking

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Event date: 
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Open Meeting
BT Centre, 81 Newgate Street, London EC1A 7AJ
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EA/ST day bringing the viable systems model and systems thinking together with enterprise architecture. Convener, Jiri Ludvik

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When increasing the scope of enterprise architecture to business architecture and business change, enterprise architects often find that traditional enterprise architecture methods fail to address the degree of complexity present in socio-technical systems. While not a  'silver bullet',  systems thinking addresses some of these by helping its practitioners to focus on connections and purposes as well as objects and flows, identify boundary-spanning patterns, appreciate stakeholder perspectives and their underlying worldviews, and understand emergent implications and possibilities.

Session: 10:15 value in utilising systemic thinking in the field of enterprise architecture and vice versa
Klaus Ostergaard will explore what can enterprise architects can gain by using systemic thinking, and the added value enterprise architecture methods can bring to systems thinkers. Klaus is a lecturer on enterprise architecture and information technology governance at the information technology university of Copenhagen, and an enterprise architecture consultant.
Session: 11.30 language and meta-language of enterprise architecture

Enterprise architects spent most of their time asking or answering hard questions regarding the structure of the enterprise without realising that the language (or modelling approaches) used predispose us towards a particular set of questions and answers. Dr. Ivo Velitchkov will explain why the choice and the proper use of language for formulation and answering enterprise architecture questions is important, why languages used design and automation can be the same, and why languages used for explanations should differ from those used for description.

Dr Ivo Velitchkov is an independent management consultant, mostly known for his work on enterprise architecture and business process management. He has been involved in these and other management areas for 19 years in various capacities: as entrepreneur, chief executive of a software company, university professor, project manager, consultant and researcher. Currently he is helping the business programme management and enterprise architecture practice in the European Commission and other European Union institutions

Session: 13.30 navigating barriers to the adoption of EA/ST methods

Philip Hellyer will facilitate a workshop focused on identifying barriers to the adoption of enterprise architecture / systems thinking methods by organisations, and effective methods of overcoming them. Philip helps entrepreneurs and heads of department think more clearly about their businesses, priorities, and aspirations. His chief interest is in the structure of organisations, the implications of that structure, and the interrelation of risk, investment, and change. With a background in both accountancy and in computing science, Philip works on both 'sides' of the strategy fence, like a kind of strategic interpreter. In EA/ST terms, he began his journey on the enterprise architecture side of the road, and has been steadily walking toward the common ground that exists between our disciplines.

Session: 15.00 enterprise canvas and systems thinking

Tom Graves will provide an overview of a tool bridging between and integrating enterprise architecture tools such as Zachman and business model canvas, systems-thinking tools such as the viable systems model, and other holistic frameworks such five elements [Chinese: 'wu-xing’] and illustrate his experience applying it in practice. Tom Graves has been an independent consultant for more than three decades, in business transformation, enterprise architecture and knowledge management. His clients in Europe, Australasia and the Americas cover a broad range of industries including banking, utilities, manufacturing, logistics, engineering, media, telecoms, research, defence and government. He has a special interest in architecture for non-information technology-centric enterprises, and integration between information technology-based and non- information technology-based services.

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