4 months, 6 days ago

Belief #9 Best architectures are scoped top-down and validated bottom-up

Have you ever endured “ivory-tower architectures”?  In belief # 3 we looked at the need for a business purpose-driven approach. We also explained how the opposite approach with technology- or vendor-centric architectures, drive us to “IT projects” and solutions with no clear business ownership and low flexibility. All too often, we build “software capabilities” instead of “business capabilities”.  In belief # 7 we looked at the value of keeping together what is common…

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4 months, 26 days ago

Belief #8 Best Architectures are embedded with the change organization

Have you ever considered how architecture should be placed in relation to change initiatives in the organization?  That is the topic of this belief. Irrespective of how we organize change in our organization, the architecture function has to be an integral part of it. It shall not be someone trying to advise or govern the change organization from the outside.   The first reason for this is to ensure alignment between…

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6 months ago

Belief #7 Best architectures keep together what is common and separate what is not

Have you ever wondered, what the grand old principle of separating concerns really means? There are many concerns! Yet in our mind separating concerns is imperative for creating simple and flexible architectures. Let’s have a look at the following example: Someone in my organisation suggest that we solve our data sourcing problems by having all…

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7 months, 28 days ago

Belief #6 Best architectures are contextual

Have you ever been told that you could save a lot of time and discussion if you adopted a standard and then safeguarded it with no customisations? The rationale behind the statement is typically that you should not invent it yourself when there is a well-recognized international standard. However, we have more than once experienced…

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10 months, 2 days ago

Belief #4 Best architectures are based on learning

Have you ever found your organisation repeating its mistakes? Albert Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Yet this is exactly what we often see happening in our work life. One reason for this is the so called “zero defect culture” in some organisations where it…

10 months, 26 days ago

Belief #3 Best architectures are based on an outside-in practice seeking to enable purpose driven business outcome before optimizing the use of material or technology

Have you ever experienced technology- or vendor-centric architectures? Our guess is you have seen something like this, because it is rather common. The rationale is often that we want a common technical platform (and software vendor) for all applications in a given area. This will ensure we have everything in the same solution and only…

11 months, 14 days ago

Belief #2 Best architectures are developed iteratively and just enough to guide decisions

Have you ever made an elaborate architecture, and then learned that a decision was made based on completely different criteria? You are not alone. This is a common experience among architects – even though few talks about it. You can be angry with the ignorant and short-sighted leaders, but to be more constructive: would a…

1 year, 28 days ago

Belief #1 Best architectures emerge from interdependent collaboration in cross-functional architecture teams

Have you seen imbalanced architectures that are not fit for purpose, because they were created with siloed perspectives? For example, we have witnessed an Information Architecture Organisation defining their own meta-model, design documents, own tools, including its own architecture governance setup based on “data ownership”, and finally expanding into covering elements such as business rules…

1 year, 28 days ago

Architecture beliefs and why they matter

Have you ever thought about how often the “trends” changes in your organisation? It is fascinating just how fast many organisations jump aboard the newest management hype, be it methods, technologies or organisational frameworks with the promise of solving all the problems we have struggled with for decades. Not long ago everyone needed an Enterprise…