Enterpris architecture practitioners a call to arms

Sometimes great thinking in one field is easily translated into another field as an illustration of what is or could be. In this post I’ve transferred Paul’s [1] original text into the context of Enterprise Architecture and positioned it in a historical setting where Paul’s reference to war becomes a reference to the current economic crisis (2007-2009).

Enterprise architecture, on the other hand, is not at all as difficult and as perfect as propaganda wants us to believe. A subject such as business architecture, information systems architecture, technology architecture appears difficult only because it is taught badly, because the standard instructions are full of redundant material and because they put to little effort into it.

During the economic crisis, when the businesses of the world needed architects within a very short time, it was suddenly possible to reduce enterprise architecture instruction to half a year (the corresponding instruction manuals have disappeared long ago, however. Best practice may be simplified during the crisis. In good times the prestige of business and science demands greater complication.) And how often does it not happen that the proud and conceited judgement of an expert is put in its proper place by a layman!

Numerous innovators build “impossible” frameworks and methods. Laymen in discussion groups and other social media show again and again that so called “experts” does not know what he is talking about. Business people, especially architects, frequently come to different results so that it is up to the managers of the organization (or the users of a certain domain) to decide by vote or gut feeling about the design to be adopted.

How often is so called standard methods and frameworks improved, and turned into new directions by practitioners influences! it is up to us, it is up to the citizens of an open practitioners society to either accept the chauvinism of the current frameworks, methods and practitioners without contradiction or to overcome it by the counterforce of public action.

Let us free the practice of enterprise architecture from the strangling hold of an ideologically petrified past!

[1]: Paul Feyerabend (1975), Against Method, Outline of an anarchistic theory of knowledge @ http://www.marxists.org/reference/subject/philosophy/works/ge/feyerabe.htm

The part I’ve used as inspiration and pattern is the part that starts with “Modern science, on the other hand, is not at all as difficult and as perfect as scientific propaganda wants us to believe.” and ends with “just as our ancestors freed us from the strangling hold of the One True Religion!”

Thanks to http://twitter.com/tetradian for pointing out Paul’s original text.


One thought on “Enterpris architecture practitioners a call to arms

  1. Half a year? Consider yourself lucky to get a five day workshop.

    In my opinion, Enterprise Architecture is much closer to those practices that Popper dismissed as pseudo-scientific than to those Popper accepted as real sciences, even if Popper’s hard distinction between these two categories doesn’t actually work (as both Lakatos and Feyerabend understood).

    I think Feyerabend’s analysis is brilliant, but it apparently leads to the conclusion that everything and nothing counts as science. Feyerabend’s criticism of major scientists such as Darwin can easily be taken out of context, especially by the “Intelligent Design” folk. I prefer Lakatos’s “anarchism in disguise”, because it provides a more subtle and (I think) more powerful framework for constructive criticism of scientific and pseudo-scientific practice.

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