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“Positive experience in understanding this method of applying common sense to EA.” - Services Director, Venture 1 Consulting, UK, May 2013

Recommend PEAF?

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“Yes - I believe in EA and I like the straight forward approach to PEAF in that it is not artifact heavy. ” - Enterprise Architect, Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, USA, Jan 2015



Context is King™. It really is! However, as mind-bogglingly important as context is, it is equally mind-bogglingly difficult to talk about. The reason is that when you talk about the context of a “thing” you stop talking about the “thing” itself. This is extremely disconcerting and possibly upsetting for many people. People (including me) like to talk about a “thing” and if someone wants to talk about something else which is not “the thing” then, well, it’s not the “thing” is it - it’s “off topic”. Let’s put that in the “parking lot”. Let’s “take that offline” or “we’re going off at a tangent”. You will find things like that in many books about “How to run an effective meeting” etc but who is to say something is off-topic. Clearly the person saying it does not think it is “off-topic” or he would not have said it!

Context is extremely important for the correct understanding of anything, so in this section, we look at the Context of PEAF by understanding what problem it exists to solve, how in general it achieves that and how it relates to other Frameworks and Ontologies with respect to Enterprise Architecture.

Every “thing” exists within a context. You, me, this room, a car, a smile, a thought, an Enterprise, a molecule, a planet. What you understand the context of anything to be can massively change your understanding of it and therefore the validity of any decisions you make about it. Sometimes the context can change massively but the implications are small, sometimes the context can change very subtly but the implications can be massive. It is this fact that makes context and our understanding of it far too important to ignore. It is for this reason that all the Frameworks and Ontologies in PF2 start with a section called Context.

Context comes into play whenever decisions are made. And decisions are made by everyone, day in day out, week after week, month after month, year after year. It could be said that decisions are the lifeblood of every enterprise.

However, as mind-bogglingly important as context is, it is equally mind-bogglingly difficult to talk about. The reason is that when you talk about the context of a “thing” you stop talking about the “thing” itself. This is extremely disconcerting and possibly upsetting for many people. People (including me) like to talk about a “thing” and if someone wants to talk about something else which is not “the thing” then, well, it’s not the “thing” is it?

¨      “It’s off topic.”

¨       “We’re going off at a tangent.”

¨      “Let’s take that offline.”

¨      “Let’s put that in the parking lot.”

You will find things like that in many books about “How to run an effective meeting” etc but who is to say something is off-topic? Clearly the person saying it does not think it is “off-topic” or he would not have said it!

 

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