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I started taking a philosophy class at school this week and discovered a critical thinking model that I believe can be applied to Enterprise Architecture to better communicate thought leadership on controversial topics.   The critical thinking model is incredibly simple, yet powerful.

1.  State your initial point of view
2.  Define your point of view more clearly
3.  Give an example of your point of view
4.  Explore the origin of your point of view
5.  Identify your assumptions
6.  Offer supporting reasons, evidence, and arguments
7.  Consider other points of view
8.  Arrive at a conclusion, decision, solutions, or prediction
9.  Consider the consequences

Chaffee, J. (2005). The philosopher’s way: Thinking critically about profound ideas (2nd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.

Posted on Friday, October 23, 2009 12:23 PM Architecture | Back to top

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Excellent idea! You should try "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values is the first of Robert M. Pirsig". It is a given for any Enterprise Architect.
Left by Jörgen Dahlberg on Oct 24, 2009 4:01 PM

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