Vapourware

Thought of the morning (now afternoon), since we know that transparency is key with shadow marketing, why do so many Companies market and sell services that do not exist until after a sale? Surely its simpler to be honest, explain the model to your customers and advice them of the process. I like bespoke, sure if you take a standard architecture and tailor it ,that’s great but tell me that! (this is how I create service propositions usually). I understand the need to drive sales but you need to have the confidence and capability to deliver on your promises.

This isn’t to say everything needs to be 100%, I’m just thinking of situations where I’ve seen 100% bespoke solutions delivered as “cookie cutter” services.

As a customer a way to avoid this is thorough research & understanding, or if time/skills or risk mitigation prohibits that, buy some consulting services.

With the right skills, with advances in technology you can achieve a lot if you know how.

Enterprise Architecture – TOGAF 9.1 Maturity Assessment Tool

So I’ve finally got round to writing a new maturity assessment tool, this time it’s for TOGAF 9.1. I’ve constructed the bare bones of the basic tool (based in Excel) using the TOGAF ACMM (CMMI Based). The first phase was to construct the assessment tool using TOGAF’s defined ACMM levels which covers 9 capability areas. The next step is to develop a comprehensive version which covers more detailed questioning to assess each area in a granular manner. I’d imagine version 2.0 will contain at least 100 questions, the main bulk of time is not in creating what good looks like, but in writing 5 distinct levels for each question, something which some maturity tools have failing in. I’ll post more as I develop this further.

TOGAF 9.1 Assessment Dashboard