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Cutter Business Technology Journal: Architecture + Agile

On Tuesday, September 4, 2018, Cutter Business Technology Journal published its monthly issue featuring “Architecture + Agile: The Yin & Yang of Organizational Agility.” Guest Cutter editor and globally recognized business architect and educator, Whynde Kuehn, provided a thoughtful opening statement on the concept of business agility — the ability of an organization to continually anticipate and react to change in response to significant forces such as globalization and technology. She further constructs the idea that organizations are living organisms that must continuously adapt to today’s changing business and market environments. In the September issue (Vol. 31, No. 7), Kuehn selected and edited nine articles that explore the contradictory idea that architecture — something perceived as structural, static, constraining, governing — is actually the enabler for an organization, which allows it to become more agile and fluid, from strategy through execution.

Key shifts in strategy, architecture, and execution enable organizational agility.


Architecture is not a box to be checked. On the contrary, it is the mechanism for translating strategies into the right set of coordinated initiatives for execution. It is the bridge between strategy and execution, the bridge that supports the cross-organizational coordination and objective decision making that is so desperately needed in many organizations today. — Whynde Kuehn

See also:Business Architecture + Agile = Doing the Right Things, Fast” by Whynde Kuehn and William Ulrich. This article focuses on business architecture and reveals how it can be leveraged as an enabler along the strategy realization path that harmonizes the execution of business direction across organizational boundaries and initiatives. (Requires Cutter membership).