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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

Invitation to my presentation on AI systems for the IASA Global eSummit on Machine Learning (8/17 @ 11am CDT)

What: ‘Distributed AI Systems for Optimizing Human and Machine Intelligence’ When: Wednesday, 8/17/16 at 11am CDT for live version, IASA Full Members can access recorded version Where: IASA Global eSummit on Machine Learning (free with registration http://www.iasaglobal.org/august-esummit/ ) I would like to thank Doug McDavid for recommending me as a presenter to IASA Global and

Debugging a container that won’t start

To implement an architecture that takes advantage of container technology, one way to persist the data has been to use a separate data container. In my case, I am using Jenkins in a container, and I want to save the configuration/jobs/history from my CI flow. Ideally, this container would a part of some kind of

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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

A question of (for. About) ethical choices…

What is the ethical responsibility of a software architect? First off, defining what and where the person is acting is critical. In this particular conversation let’s assume that the software architect is working for a company and providing services for that company. In doing some internal research you discover something. You find that the organization