6 years, 10 months ago

An enterprise-architects’ mantra

Link: http://weblog.tetradian.com/2014/04/18/an-ea-mantra/

Quick, brief and practical – three phrases that every enterprise-architecture should know by heart, and act on, too:

  • I don’t know… (but I know how to find out, or find someone who does)”
  • It depends… (and I know how to find out what it depends on)”
  • Just enough… (and I know how to find out what that ‘just enough’ is)”

The indefatigable Len Fehskens once said that his colleagues (at HP, I think?) had presented him with a rubber-stamp with ‘It depends’ on it, because he’d used the phrase so much. In that spirit, here’s a meme-graphic to stick on your desk or wall or whatever – or even use as a business-card, perhaps? :-)

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(Many thanks to Stuart Boardman, who spotted this in my recent ‘“Which EA school?”‘ post, and who first described it as an ‘EA mantra’.)