Typically, most of people in the role of an Architect are following certain pattern of thinking. This is not bad, but it does not help if you need to initiate change, if you want to gain a fresh perspective or get unconventional ideas.
Without a moment of hesitation I can say Ondrej is one of few who can combine their broad experience and knowledge with a gift to see things in different contexts and perspectives but leading to result you want to achieve. Ondrej is not afraid to openly discuss and relentlessly propagate good ideas. He understands vital importance of communication in the architecture business and is very good at conveying complex and abstract subject in an understandable way.
It is always enriching experience to work with inspirational people. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Ondrej.
Otto HartvichConsultant, IT Architect at IBM
You better listen when Ondrej has something to say: his observations and ideas are deep and thoughtful, full of wit, and go to the heart and soul of your Enterprise. We still enjoy benefits of his work in the areas of Business Motivation, EA Governance, and models.
Nenad AnticLead of Enterprise Architecture, Innovation & Labs at bwin.party
Ondrej is a real "enterpreneur" with a great energy and passion for what he is doing and with very practical experience and ability to "push" innovative ways of architecting and design thinking. He combines excellent theoretic knowledge of EA, business, IT ... with very a pragmatical approach of work and perfect communication skills, enabling discussion and often agreement between very antagonistic teams. Ondrej combines EA with very good skills in business development and innovation facilitation, making it a real business value delivering initiative, changing the org. culture and improving projects are done.
Erik Abela IglesiasBusiness Architect, PRINCE2™ Practitioner at Skofin
How to kick off a multi-billion dollar transformation with a picture of a board game
Yes, even in traditional (aka “ice-age”) companies you can win with an unorthodox approach. In this case I explained and drew a roadmap of a company transformation as a very simple board game with all the important aspects worked into the game analogy. This analogy finally aligned top management on the approach, excited people and ignited a huuuuuge change.
Architecture is boring. You say the word “architecture” and you virtually lost your audience. In this case, I dived into architecture of each business critical application, assessed it, put into a chart and showed that the company is continuously underperforming in terms of IT architecture capability. And… nothing. Visual, colourful, but still boring. So I calculated a single number – average maturity of all current business critical applications, and showed…
…stop a huge project. In this case, to make my point to business, that architecture of a solution proposed by a vendor is wrong and extremely inflexible, I took a single case and proved that a minor change might end up in discarding client documentation without anybody noticing. You bet it saved a ton of money.
No single assignment should be longer than 5 days. If you don't see real value in that time, more time won't help.
Understand your business
Architecture is up to you. I need to understand your business to be able to really help you.
Expect me to be very open and honest with you. When we work together, put aside politics. Keep that for your peers.
3 GREAT REASONS FOR NOT HIRING ME
It's just not for everybody...
YOU KNOW BETTER
Don't hire me just to justify that you do everything right, but nobody else can see it. Because I am going to show you the exact opposite.
YOU ARE AFRAID
I don't do things the usual way. That's why I succeed. If you're not ready to get out of your comfort zone and put my advice into practice, don't hire me. You'll save money and I'll rather help customers that want to change.
YOU HAVE NO MONEY
Definitely good reason for not hiring me:) On the other hand, should you hire me, you might end up with much bigger budget then before.
Rich background, real experience
Thanks for all the lessons, mentorship and amazing experiences goes to all these guys
Business Strategy Expert
Erste Group Bank AG
Author & Principal Enterprise Architect