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On making architectural decisions

It’s hard to argue that the same goal can be achieved by different means. Without restrictions, any decision will be acceptable, and the choice of a supplier of certain technologies, development approaches and utilized patterns and platforms will not have a fundamental impact on the success of the goal. In practice, there are always such

Change and Digital Leadership

The world is at a cross-roads when it comes to technology leadership. And it is time for architects to fill out there place in the new digital age. For most of our history technology has settled into two primary groups; a) fun 'consumer' technology like phones and music players and TVs and Netflix and online

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Becoming Digital Transformers

There is a lot of fear and uncertainty in our profession right now, and rightly so. The architecture practice, especially the enterprise architecture, of the past 10-15 years is dead. I am reasonably certain that architecture never actually lived, just wandered around companies like zombies looking for brains. "Architecting the enterprise" and governance thinking from EA

Why Frameworks Are Killing Architecture

Let me start by contradicting my headline. I love frameworks. DODAF, FEAF, MODAF, TOGAF, Zachman etc. are all excellent tools for architecture teams to use when they are ready and when the team members are skilled enough to use them. Each brings different strengths and weaknesses, and can help an experienced team do very interesting

10 Principles of Architect Team Success

Over the years I have continuously written and commented on the chasm that forms between architecture teams. After 15 years of learning from members and working with them on successes and failures we know there is a relatively simple set of mechanisms by which an architecture team can succeed almost every time. At Iasa we

Form, Structure and Function – Architecture is NOT Emergent

I have recently been studying the implications of Agile on enterprise and technology architecture. As a part of that I was looking through traditional architects relationship to other team members (structural engineers, construction, plumbers, electricians, etc). This has always been a passion of mine as a student of professions but this time I was looking

What Makes A Great Architecture Team

As a prelude to setting up our award and rating system for Architecture Teams, I've been thinking a lot about what makes for a great architect organization. The question seems simple at first then blossoms into some complexity. This topic has been haunting me ever since one of our chapter leaders was complaining about his

5 Reasons Organizing Architects Is So Important

Iasa gets to interact with architects from every type and size of organization. From universities to startups to global fortune 100s. We get visibility into every angle and aspect of the practice, programs, projects, roles, artifacts and tasks that architects employ. And I am here to tell you, organizing architects is hard and should be

Architecture The Practice vs. The Noun

I had the pleasure today of working today with Novak Ratkovic on a project related to architect education. Novak is a brilliant guy who asks tough questions. Exactly the type that I like the most. His question today was based on the 1 day Enterprise Architect Mindset class we will be launching shortly. His question revolved

A System Failure in Comunication

In the iconic movie “Cool Hand Luke,” there is an epic line that resonates to this day. The sheriff looking at Luke says “what we have here is a failure to communicate.” It is said with as much intent as you wish in the line. It works to this day as both a threat and