Just enough architecture in an agile transformation

By Ruben Vuylsteke on 03 April 2018

Companies are currently in the middle of a major digital transformation. Being able to quickly respond to new customer needs and expectations is crucial. Consequently, project teams are being organised differently. For example, more and more SCRUM teams are being put together to provide software more agilely. However, a question I’ve been asked by customers repeatedly concerns the place that architecture must be given within this story. My opinion is that a minimum of architecture is always necessary. Just enough, just in time. In this blog post, I want to illustrate a technique, based on a previous project, that lets you gain a helicopter view with a minimum amount of enterprise architecture, which is something that is unarguably adding value for a company that is going through a complex transformation.

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The Clash of Information Models

By Carlo Wouters on 06 September 2017

It's an eternal clash that comes to mind when building information models: should we allow attributes in our conceptual information models? Should we plead for simplicity, or is a complex model based on the stakeholder a better choice? This blog post aims to bring clarity to the discussion, before the clash results in a total loss.

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Service Design: You’re doing it wrong

By Roos Uwaerts on 25 February 2016

In most application landscapes services tend to pop up like mushrooms, with little to no attention being devoted to decent service design or decent service-oriented architecture (SOA). Frankly put, this means you’re doing it wrong.

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3 Valuable Business Analysis deliverables that lead to project success

By Ruben Vuylsteke on 14 January 2016

If you pay little to no attention to business analysis, you'll often find yourself making the wrong assumptions during the solutions phase of a project.

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Why every project needs a benefit map

By Ruben Vuylsteke on 07 January 2016

A common issue encountered on projects is that the project goals have not been clearly defined. A Benefit Map is a powerful visual to provide solace.

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