James McGovern has written a wonderfully thoughtful article entitled Closing Thoughts on the Tulsa Tech Fest.
Among other things, he mentions conversations uncorrupted by canines and equines. He reminds us that discussions of technology should not be distant memories. He reminds us of our original inspiration.
As I read his article, I pondered the topic of conversations.
My first thought was the now commonly uttered phrase
Markets are conversationsTo be sure, some might be tempted to convert this into some argument for business 2.0 - a whirlwind of technology for enabling the workers to collaborate share. That's fine, but it's not quite what I had in mind.
As I continued to ponder the topic, I came up with a list which reflects part of the problem.
- Projects are not conversations
- Meetings are not conversations
- Presentations are not conversations
- Email storms are not conversations
Ok, so what do other Enterprise Architects do to directly foster and participate in conversations? I am honestly interested in knowing. I'm not just talking about the CxOs and Veeps - I'm talking about the techie types still in touch with the passions of our youth...