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Roadmap for Effective Portfolio Management

Brian Seitz
What are the steps in creating a successful portfolio management practice? This Advisor explores how to establish governance, conduct a maturity assessment, and take a cyclical approach to operating a practice. It also provides important points to keep in mind regarding each stage of the roadmap.

When Good Data Goes Bad, Part II

Barry Devlin
In Part I of this Advisor series, I argued that data doesn’t “go bad” in the colloquial use of that phrase; rather, it is adulterated by the addition of dubious intent on the part of its collectors and/or users. That intent usually takes the form of reusing or repurposing data already collected to drive a different goal than that for which it was originally gathered. Here in Part II, we look at a couple of examples of these practices.

Your Org Chart Doesn’t Show What You Think It Shows!

Jutta Eckstein, John Buck
This Advisor asserts that there is no “right” org chart for depicting an organization’s structure. There are only charts fulfilling different purposes, and you need to treat them within the constraints of that purpose.

Culture Crushes Digital Transformation

Sheila Cox
Most organizations launch digital transformation initiatives only to watch them die a long, slow, painful, and expensive death. Many leaders mistakenly believe that implementing new technologies will change their culture. In fact, organizational cultures are often quite strong and intransigent. When the culture abhors risk-taking, ambitious company-wide endeavors cannot survive.

An Architectural Approach to Sustainability: Why Do It?

Mike Rosen, Tamar Krichevsky, Harsh Sharma
In this Advisor, we identify the reasons, motivations, and requirements of an organization aiming to achieve sustainability and how that would be facilitated via an architectural approach.

“There Is No Spoon” — The Path to Residuality Theory: A Collection

Barry M O'Reilly
This collection of articles written by Cutter Senior Consultant Barry O'Reilly follows his journey as he strives to redefine the practice of software architecture as the bridge between complexity science and systems engineering, and reframe the decision-making role of the architect as the careful navigation of uncertainty.

How AI and ML Are Optimizing Procurement

Curt Hall
Various AI technologies, including ML, predictive analytics, NLP, and image recognition, are helping to reshape procurement operations. These developments are most apparent in the emergence of AI-powered cloud procurement platforms. This Advisor provides some example use cases of how AI is now utilized to automate and optimize procurement activities.

Culture Really Matters

Steve McMenamin, Tom DeMarco, Peter Hruschka, Tim Lister, James Robertson, Suzanne Robertson
The connections between culture and performance are complex, reciprocal, and anything but obvious. But you need to care about them. The more you care about performance, the more you need to care about culture.

The 3 Lies of Maximization

Mark Greville
In this Advisor, the author asserts that March's decision making model, maximization, is based on three foundational lies, starting with the idea of the "rational decision maker."

Do I Really Need Enterprise Architecture?

Scott Whitmire
This Advisor portrays a fictional conversation between the COO of a regional manufacturing company and an enterprise architect, and illustrates how enterprise architecture supports business strategy by monitoring structures, managing the investment portfolio, and ensuring the operating model stays aligned with the business model.

Digital Twin Technology for Smart Sustainable Cities

Jacqueline Corbett, Adnène Hajji, Sehl Mellouli
Many cities are now pursuing smart sustainable city strategies with the aim of enhancing their performance; optimizing their infrastructures, processes, and services; and improving residents’ quality of life. Recognizing the potential of digital twins, smart sus­tain­able cities are experimenting with these technology solutions. This Advisor highlights a few ways smart sustainable cities can leverage digital twin technology.

Study Shines Light on Business Architect Strengths

Whynde Kuehn

In order to bring a bit of science into the mix to help us understand why we view business architects as gifted in certain areas, along with why we see common challenges, I initiated the global “Business Architect Strengths Study,” a first-of-its-kind. The study was a primary research effort conducted by me and Pete Cafarchio, a certified coach by the International Coaching Federation as well as a Gallup Certified Strengths Champion.


Agile Lineout: How an Alternative to Scrum Can Create Enterprise Agility

Jon Ward
Scrum embodies Agile ways of working and new organizational constructs, but does it consistently deliver the Agile promise of improved performance? Agile Lineout — another metaphor from rugby — is a new approach that uses progressive steps to increase predictability, quality, and delivery efficiency.

Digital Twins in Automotive: Balancing the Challenges and Benefits

Madison White
Although the concept of a digital twin in automotive is not new, the mass deployment of embedded con­nectivity and the ability to remotely extract critical vehicle data is. As vehicle components and systems evolve from concept and design to manufacture and operation, so does the digital twin.

Low-Code/No-Code: Empowering Citizen Developers & Unleashing Innovation — An Introduction

Michael Papadopoulos
This Advisor explores the challenges of LC/NC and the potential benefits for businesses, from simply reducing the IT backlog to serving as a POC for digital transformation.

Preparing for the Circular Economy: A Q&A

Cutter Consortium
In a recent webinar, Cutter Consortium Senior Consultant Mike Rosen explored the circular economy concept, its broad impact on business and operating models, and the role of architects in facilitating the shift to a circular economy. This Advisor shares the Q&A session that followed. Perhaps Mike’s advice will spark some new ideas on how your organization can participate in the circular economy.

With Nuance Acquisition, Microsoft Goes All Out for Speech Solutions

Curt Hall
Microsoft buying Nuance Communications — a leader in natural language processing (NLP) and speech-powered solutions — for US $19.7 billion is the most important artificial intelligence (AI)–related acquisition to take place so far this year.

Putting Digital Twins Within Reach: A Straightforward Solution

Sameer Kher
Digital twins have the power to vastly increase the reliability and cost-effectiveness of products, creating an enormous economic impact. However, most businesses lack the dedicated resources to create a simulated product model, verify the model, deploy the model, and analyze the collected information. This article presents a solution that easily integrates across business functions and places digital twins within reach of many companies currently overwhelmed by the challenge.

Master Classes in Risk Mismanagement, Part II — The US COVID Vaccination Rollout

Robert Charette
In this Advisor, we turn our attention to the risk mismanagement of the US’s COVID-19 pandemic vaccination preparations.

5 Causes of Failure in Enterprise Portfolio Management

Brian Seitz
Portfolio management in the enterprise is very similar to portfolio management in the financial community — with similar disappointments. In this Advisor, we explore five elements of failure that contribute to these disappointments.

Building EA Maturity: Commonsense Suggestions

Roger Evernden
There are many good practices in bridging the maturity gap that are common to all leading EA practices: Determining the type of architectural change required, deciding the required level of EA maturity, defining the right set of areas for change, and creating well-defined maturity descriptions all help make overall improvements in EA maturity. This Advisor provides suggestions to help you build EA maturity that are considered common sense, but are frequently overlooked.

Healthcare Digital Twins: What They Are and How We Can Use Them

Chloé Audigier, Dileep Mangsuli
As the technology develops, digital twins could give rise to a new era of predictive medicine by giving clinicians a way to simulate the outcomes of possible interventions and create detailed plans for complex surgeries. This Advisor explores the potential of digital twin technology in the healthcare industry.

Learning to Lead Collective Creativity, Part IV: Leading Distributed Groups

Shannon Hessel
Explore the leadership lessons learned by observing four gathered but distant string quartets performing a new 35-minute piece of music collaboratively in various performance settings.

Ingredients for Enterprise Agility, Part IV: Maintaining the Transformational Momentum

Jon Ward
As the fourth installment in the series “Ingredients for Enterprise Agility,” this Advisor explores how a transformation team can create and maintain momentum by mobilizing volunteers, walking the board, applying the pickup sticks model, and creating an evidence board.

Setting the Foundations for Cloud Usage

Frank Contrepois
This Advisor offers a brief introduction into how to create a cloud center of excellence and provides procurement-friendly discussion points for reaping the benefits of cloud computing.