Published Articles and Papers

The development of the Problem Oriented Approach resulted in the publication of a contributing chapter in a book and an article in an IBM journal. Details are:

A Problem Oriented Enterprise Architecture Approach Applied to Wicked Problems. A chapter in the book Enterprise Architecture for Connected E‐Government: Practices and Innovations, Chief Editor, Dr. Pallab Saha, National University of Singapore

Beyond the Zachman Framework: Problem-oriented System Architecture published in the IBM Journal of Research and Development, Volume 56, Issue 5, September/October 2012

Here is the abstract:

The year 2012 marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of BA framework
for information systems architecture, written by John Zachman and
published in the IBM Systems Journal.

The first part of this paper reviews the Zachman and similar
frameworks and concludes that there are a number of limitations in the
framework approach when applied to today’s technology environment
and business problems. These include the inability of the problem owner
to properly describe a solution, the partitioning approach, and the
decision-making processes in the context of uncertainty and change.

The second part of this paper analyzes today’s problems and
allocates them to one of three classifications: tame, complex, and
wicked, depending on the degree of certainty and stability of
knowledge and decisions in both the problem and the solution domains.

The final part outlines an approach to problem-solving and architecture
development using techniques borrowed from cybernetics and control
theory. It proposes that partitioning should be determined by the nature of
the problem and potential solutions; that feedback loops should be
implemented in order to control the process; that the architect should
work across the business problem and solution spaces; and that
decisions should be related to business value.

This is a copy of the paper

This site draws upon much of the thoughts and ideas contained in these publications. It also contains more information and material, extending the principles of the Problem Oriented Approach.

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