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Architecture as system

   Posted by: Bricoleur    in Management Cybernetics, Software - general

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Architecture as system

Enterprise-architecture, service-architecture and the Viable System Model

Tom Graves : Tetradian Consulting
January 2007

– enterprise architects, service architects, operations
strategists, process analysts, IT-systems analysts
• Objective
– increase business take-up of enterprise architecture
– demonstrate tools to review service-architecture
• Agenda
– extend enterprise-architecture beyond IT-systems
– extend service-architecture across all service types
– use ‘systems-theory’ tools to improve services
– business benefits of extended architecture


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Tags: design, Enterprise architecture, Software architecture, Viable System Model, VSM

Liberty. Equality. Justice

Governments must be redesigned to achieve these core values.

My activism, fiction, and science are aimed at these core values.

– Barry Clemson

Tags: design, government


Breadcrumbs for November 19th through 21:48

   Posted by: dhcsoul    in Breadcrumbs

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These are my links for November 19th from 20:41 to 21:48:

  • GAO: urgent policy concerns for transition/new administration – Many of the urgent policy concerns identified here are critical and time sensitive and require prioritized federal action. They are issues that require a focus from the transition team and new administration because if they are not dealt with, they could have great implications for life, well being, or the confidence of citizens in government, or because they have key quickly approaching dates where a decision must be made or actions taken. Consequently, these issues are not necessarily the most important issues in the long term, but rather those that must be dealt with immediately.

Tags: design, intellectual property, management, politics, science, Systems


Designing Freedom & The Purpose of Education

   Posted by: dhcsoul    in cybernetics

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Stafford Beer 1926 – 2002

If, as will become the dominant theme of this blog, the Purpose of a System is What it Does ( POSIWID) what does it mean to mankind that so many of our systems appear broken to even unseasoned observers?

Stafford Beer of course had a lot to say on this subject in his many works but one example that often haunts me comes from his work of prose Chronicles of Wizard Prang.

Tags: cybernetics, design, freedom, POSIWID, software, Stafford Beer, Systems


Breadcrumbs for November 13th to 19:24

   Posted by: dhcsoul    in Breadcrumbs

These are my links for November 13th from 19:04 to 19:24:

  • Proxymind – z y k l o i d – Proxymind is less about GTD (Getting Things Done)It’s more about DTN (Doing Things Nearby)It is not just about groceries, it’s about every thing you want to remember, when you are at a certain place: a shop, a friend, a restaurant, a garage, a business partner, a sightseeing spot, a photo location…

Tags: design, management



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Online Etymology Dictionary


aesthetics archetypes
consciousness cybernetics
design discipline
feedback feeling
holons humour
ignorance insight intelligence inference intuition
maxims memory metaphor matching model
patterns pattern matching posiwid predictions presentations problem solving
self-awareness skills software synthesis systems systems thinking
teaching thinking

Tags: aesthetics, archetypes, consciousness, cybernetics, design, discipline, education, experience, feedback, feeling, goals, holons, humour, ignorance, inference, insight, intelligence, intuition, knowledge, learning, maxims, memory, metaphor, model, pattern matching, patterns, POSIWID, predictions, presentations, problem solving, self-awareness, semantics, semiotics, skills, software, synthesis, Systems, teaching, thinking, VSM


Thinking out Loud

   Posted by: dsoul    in Books (Design)

Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures

The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures by Dan Roam

rating: 4 of 5 stars

My review

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Tags: design, presentations, problem solving

Designing Freedom Designing Freedom by Stafford Beer

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars
I finally got my own copy of this book (which I’ve been looking for it since about 1990)…

I’d forgotten just how great it is.

I’ve been angered lately about the number of absolute falsehoods spread by ALL sides in both current election campaigns (USA and Canada) – sometimes on purpose, often because they simply “don’t get it.” This book covers some of the reason this is endemic in our societies and at least gives me some hope that someday the leaders of our systems of governance will discover the route to stabilizing our systems. But for now I shake my head in fear and anguish.

Tags: CBC, cybernetics, design, freedom, Massey Lectures, science, Stafford Beer


Lessons Forgot

   Posted by: dsoul    in cybernetics

40+ years ago the cyberneticist Stafford Beer forecast that computerization would be a disaster if this “new” prescription of Shirky’s was not followed [Clay Shirky ( It’s Not Information Overload. It’s Filter Failure delivered at the Web 2.0 Expo last week].

In a later radio broadcast summarizing some of his concepts (CBC Radio 1973; later published as “Designing Freedom” Anansi) Beer summarized the need this way:

Tags: CBC, CEP, Clay Shirky, cybernetics, design, filters, freedom, ignorance, Stafford Beer, Systems


Particls goes Public Beta

   Posted by: dhcsoul    in Complex Event Processing

learns what you care about and alerts you when there’s new information on those subjects…

I’ve been using Particls in Beta for about 2 months now and am completely sold on it! They reached a new milestone today … Public Beta… Congratulations to Chris and all the gang …

What makes Particls different?

From News
Readers –
Particls is not a newsreader, it is an alerts platform.

This means that information is displayed ‘while you work on other things’ in a heads-up-display presentation style. In this way users can keep working while staying informed.

Tags: Complex Event Processing, design, filters, learning, presentations