Running and Reading

I have a 18 Mile race coming up in two weeks. I have been running 6 miles on my steady runs. Not good!
So, I geared up and ran last Sunday for my long run. After an hour of running in the cold wind, I got bored and had to return. Cold wind is a serious demotivating factor. I I hope to run my 16 miles this weekend.
 
I have started reading ‘The Elephant and the Dragon: The Rise of India and China and What It Means for All of Us‘. It is an book that talks about the past as well as the future of China and India as economic powers. I have not finished it yet. So my final comments are still out. So far, it is an interesting book. I am learning facts about China that I was not aware of before.
 

Zackman Training

For the last three days, I participated in an onsite Zachman Training on how to be an effective Enterprise Architect.
Mr John Zachman himself taught half the course. His business partner, Mr Sam, tought the rest of the course. While Zachman is an extraordinary visionary, Sam is a implentation oriented expert. Together they conducted the course very well. I am both inspired and impressed by the way an enterprise architect should be thinking.
While I would like to start dissecting our enterprise as soon as possible, I am not sure our enterprise is ready for such an exercise. So, I might have to start at project and program level. I cannot wait to start working on the six distinct aspects for all my future projects.
 
Here is a picture of Mr.Zachman teaching our course.
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He has an interesting personality. He prefers to use overhead projector that is an antiquated technology in today’s standard. Here, he is teaching a framework that is twenty some years old, that can transform any enterprise in the world, and yet its full potential has not been ealized till date.
 
You can find our more about Zachman and his framework from http://www.zifa.com/.