4 months, 17 days ago

Documentation Trivializes Everything

Several years ago my colleague Dan wrote about how we Should Not Get Distracted by the Document. Dan made the case that architecture documents are tools to figure out architecture, not the ex-post-facto results of architecture design you’ve already done in less disciplined ways (verbal debates, email chains, “brainstorming” and other adhoc, document-less activities). But I am going to one-up Dan right […]

5 months ago

Know Your Personality

5 years ago I wrote that the best personality to have in architecture consulting was the “Type A” – a personality type characterized by ambition, high energy, competitiveness, and thought to be susceptible to stress and heart disease. The whole Type A/B model of personalities isn’t a very reliable one (it was concocted by cardiologists in […]

7 months, 23 days ago

Regis Sets Course on a 5-year IT Strategy

We are thrilled to share some public mention with Regis college about the great and rewarding work we’ve done together recently to define their IT strategy! Text of the press release is below: Regis, a leading Catholic university in Greater Boston, launches a long-term information technology strategy with the help of Systems Flow, Inc., a […]

8 months, 5 days ago

Regis College Launches Comprehensive IT Strategy

WESTON, MA—February 17, 2017— Regis, a leading Catholic university in Greater Boston, has launched a long-term information technology strategy with the help of Systems Flow, Inc., a minority, woman-owned consulting firm based in Rhinebeck, NY, which specializes in IT & business architecture. Systems Flow was asked to develop a technology plan in support of the […]

1 year, 1 month ago

Don’t Hide Behind Pronouns!

Let’s admit first off what none of us want to admit – that most of us have forgotten what exactly a “pronoun” is… Its basically any use of “you”, “we”, “them”, “they”, etc. – unspecific references to people or actors in a conversation or past event being discussed. Believe it or not – the lazy […]

1 year, 5 months ago

Bank Secrecy Act Compliance

Compliance with regulations coming from governments and from industry associations is a big problem for our clients – whatever the industry. In working with several banks over the years, we’ve become adept at identifying gaps and designing solutions for one of the most wide-reaching regulations for such organizations: the Bank Secrecy Act – aka ”BSA”. The […]

3 years, 6 months ago

Identify Indirect Stakeholders with System Context Diagrams

A Systems Flow consultant has skills that tend to fall in the triangle of technical, business and organizational excellence. One common and repetitive case of project dysfunction where this overlap brings real benefits is that of the “Operational Business Stakeholders Missing from Business Requirements.” Here’s how it usually goes: Architect is engaged to design project’s solution architecture […]

4 years, 1 month ago

Cost, Time, & Architecture – The Zen of Options Analysis

Solution architecture is typically designed within a project context. Although we focus on the right process for this design activity frequently in our blog, the intersection of that process with the process of delivering an actual production solution is very important. Constraints are a key reality in projects, and often they compete with achieving the […]

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4 years, 10 months ago

Type A’s Needed!

We write frequently on this blog about our proven method to deliver IT architectures based on industry-standard tools and approaches like UML and IT Risk Management. We also write about the critical intangible skills that an architect needs to succeed, such as meeting facilitation, diplomacy and organization. One needs to be steeped in all these […]

5 years, 28 days ago

Pre-Requirement Estimation for IT Projects

Objectives and requirements – they are what makes the project world go ’round. Changing a business’ operations for the better requires one to decide what are the objective of the change, and what are the requirements a change must meet to satisfy the objective. Implementing the change usually starts with someone needing to know what […]