Is it Blasphemous to Criticize Agile?


This is how I was planning to start my post … “…believe me … I do think agile works … in most … well if not in most cases then in many cases. That by implication means it is not a silver bullet for all situation. In fact, no technique, no methodology, no solution can … Continue reading

Sleeping over a Problem vs. Deciding in a Blink


Barack Obama had chosen to sleep on his decision to authorize the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. This, according to Maarten Bos and Amy Cuddy, is exactly what scientific research would prescribe when facing a complex decision. In Harvard Business Review Article titled “A Counter-Intuitive Approach to Making Complex Decisions” they point out that … Continue reading

TOGAF – Preparation Aid for Part 2


The questions for the Part 2 Examination consist of eight complex scenario questions. You need to read a scenario describing a situation where TOGAF is being applied. The question will then ask how TOGAF would be used to address a particular point. Four possible answers are provided. There is one correct answer, two partially correct … Continue reading

Social Media Policy or Guideline – Which one should you have


What is the difference? Is there a difference? Actually, the difference is fundamental to how you view social media. Do you look at social media as an opportunity to be leveraged or do you look at it as a threat to be guarded against? Social Media as a Threat If you view social media as … Continue reading

Agile development and Enterprise Architecture practice – Can they coexist


Your reaction to the title is probably one of the following: Why should it be a challenge? Co-existence would be impossible. There will be difficulties but it can be done. Why should this be a challenge? After all, EA is agnostic to software development methodologies. Irrespective of which EA definition is accepted, no direct link … Continue reading

TOGAF Foundation Level Certification – Another Practice Test (free sample questions)


As I had mentioned earlier, there is a paucity of free sample questions for the TOGAF 9 foundation or the part 1 test. I had created one set earlier and there are few other available for free: TOGAF Foundation Level Certification – Aid for preparation TOGAF 9 Certification Multiple Choice Questions iQuiz – Quick Quiz System TOGAF … Continue reading

TOGAF Foundation Level Certification – Practice Test (free sample questions)


If you plan to appear for a TOGAF foundation level certification or part 1 exam, one of the difficulties you will face is a lack of free sample questions. Some questions are provided as a part of the study guide, but if you want to more practice then you will have tough time locating anything … Continue reading

Cloud Computing – Important Events till 2010


Have you ever wondered where did the term “Cloud Computing” originate? When did the hype around cloud start? Who are the people responsible for the idea of utility computing? The evolution can be split into 3 phases: The Idea Phase – this started in the 1960s and stretched to the pre internet bubble era. The … Continue reading

How intelligent are the Computers of 2011


True, the computer system Watson, created by IBM beat all human competition in the US reality quiz show Jeopardy! But does it make Watson intelligent – is it an important step towards Singularity? Is it a significant step in the field of AI? Or, is the win meaningless and does not imply anything significant? What … Continue reading

Architecture Governance – In TOGAF what does it mean


If you are clear about what governance means then you can skip the next section. However, if you have heard the term – Corporate Governance, SOA Governance, IT Governance – but you are not exactly sure about what it really means, then here is an explanation. Suppose you are interested that an entity works in … Continue reading

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