Articles posted in 2010
May 17, 2010
To a man1 with a hammer, everything looks like a nail. A well-worn phrase used to alert us to the dangers of getting so caught up with one product or technology that, whatever the problem we are trying to solve, our answer is always to use it. On the surface it seems like good advice. You wouldn’t want to artificially restrain your efforts by choosing a completely inappropriate technology, would you? But how would you know? Delivering good software is never easy. If it was people like me w
Ungoverning the Business
November 13, 2010
If there’s one aspect of enterprise IT guaranteed to get the dander up it’s Standards and Governance. Some time ago I wrote a short piece on governance called The Governance Apparition making the point that governance should never really be seen as separate and distinct from ‘doing things’. If a company has a process for ‘doing things’ and an internal body (usually architecture) tries to ‘govern’ the outputs of that process the governance will fail.