Over the past year, we’ve implemented some new technologies that will help bring the Learning Ecosystem to life.
It also expands the number of applications and technologies that are now available to us.
Tools and toys we can use to help create an environment that supports people.
Because of the huge increase in complexity, I figured it was time to find a model that could help organize this and bring some structure to what I was trying to do.
I’ve been playing with the SWAT team over the past year or so, in between work on a major Unified Communications implementation.
The SWAT team is trying to bring Enterprise Architecture into our organization. Planning. Configuration Management. Some knowledge around what we actually have and how we can use it. This has become more important as our organization finds itself tightening its belt.
The old “Shiny thing, must buy” approach is (finally) being questioned.
The SWAT team boss, invited me to join his team for TOGAF 9 certification.
TOGAF is an open source enterprise architecture methodology and framework that seems to be increasingly popular.
Some things I liked about this model:
- The emphasis on the business process
- It has a well-defined series of steps / phases
- The open source community has already developed templates and models we can use in each step
- It accommodates project management and service delivery models in a really tidy way (vs just focusing on one aspect of work life)
- A number of IT departments are using this….so as educators, we are beginning to speak the same “language” as our IT folks.
- It is built to solve the problem I have – accommodating a mess of stuff into one organized architecture that I can plan against.
So with shiny new cert in hand (yay me!), I am in the process of restructuring the ecosystem to fit this new model.
Around the regular parts of my job, of course…..
And with the usual limited resources + healthy skepticism of a large portion of my org.
Guerrilla change management…again.