The Art of Enterprise Architecture – Section 15 – Balance

In most architecture related works there is a framework. The framework is most often a tool to enable the architects in creating plans and drawings. Another use of the framework albeit mostly from the viewpoint of the authors is to hold the majority of ideas within a reasonable sized knowledge domain.The third and perhaps most visible use of the framework is as a lens that helps us focus our execution. The basic ideas brought forth in the art of enterprise architecture acknowledge such boundaries, but tries to stay away from becoming to definitive. The idea of the framework is based on my belief that a good architect bring order to the structures and a great architect bring balance to the means and ends. Inspired by that belief, to illustrate the framework I’ve chosen to start in the Yin-Yang symbol.

I’ve yet to write a lot of the text explaining this and reference back into the art of enterprise architecture. I though it would be nice to get some fresh input from others, so I’ve decided to put up the illustrations although they are rough and incomplete.

The basic illustration of the framework
  • The vision represents the outcome we seek, therefore it is the ultimate Ends.
  • The goal represents outcomes we receive as we travel towards the vision, therefore it is part of the Ends.
  • The objective represents outcomes we receive as we travel towards the goals, therefore it is part of the Ends.
  • The mission represents the work we do towards the vision, therefore it is the ultimate Means.
  • The strategy represents the steps we follow towards the mission, therefore it is part of the Means.
  • The tactic represents the decisions we make as we work according to strategy, therefore it is part of the Means.

I’m considering using some basic ideas of the theory behind Finite and Infinite Games by James P. Carse. So far I’ve found that it could help in working with the underlying differences between profit and non-profit organizations.

Vision within Vision

Where the need to reward is in the future, to make the most of a little that is the quadrant where Vision mix with Vision. This is represented in the planning we do as goals.

Vision within Mission

Where the need to be agile, responsive and flexible is at its strongest is the quadrant where Vision mix with Mission. This is represented in the daily work we do as tactics. It is where we meet the market.

Mission within Mission

Where the need to build for the future, to gather our resources and make for the best utilization is the quadrant where Mission mix with Mission. This is represented in the planning work we do as strategy.

Mission within Vision

Where the need to reward is in the now, to celebrate the victories of the present day is the quadrant where Mission mix with Vision. This is represented in the daily work we do as objective.

If you wish to participate in working with this send me an email.

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