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Capturing the Organization Organism: An Outside-In Approach to Enterprise Architecture by John Alexander

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Introduction

When we set out to do something, especially if it’s a major undertaking, we first need to answer some questions:

  • Why? The answer to this first question is the reason for doing something.
  • What? Always the second question, the answer to which defines what we will be doing about that particular “something” identified in the first question.
  • How? Usually the third question, which spells out the method we will be using to do that something. This is the methodology question.
  • When? How much? How long? Who? These are the questions about managing our initiative. These are project management questions.
  • Where? Depending on the initiative, this question locates the “what,” or may locate the project (in which case it is a project management ...

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