What can Enterprise Architecture learn from Systems Thinking?
Richard Veryard, Senior Consultant, Glue Reply, UK
Enterprise architecture and systems thinking offer a range of concepts and techniques for tackling difficult business problems. And practitioners of the two disciplines face similar challenges when working with large and complex business organizations and ecosystems, and often experience similar difficulties and frustrations in trying to engage stakeholders in joined-up “big picture” thinking.
The two disciplines share some important characteristics, but there are also some significant differences, which create a real opportunity for collaboration and exchange.
So what practical lessons can EA learn from ST, and what are the opportunities and challenges for collaboration between the two disciplines?
-- What practical benefits can a systems thinking perspective bring to enterprise architecture?
-- Which of the tools and techniques of systems practice can usefully be added to the enterprise architecture toolbox?
-- How can enterprise architects, systems thinkers and work together in multi-disciplinary teams?
Richard Veryard is a Business Architect and author, specializing in capability-led planning, systems thinking and organizational intelligence. Richard has recently joined Glue Reply as a senior consultant in the retail sector. His book on Next Practice Enterprise Architecture is available via LeanPub.