9 years, 4 months ago

Mastering ArchiMate

This is not your usual architecture book as its title suggests it is about modelling using the ArchiMate notation. The author doesn’t promote any particular tool and concentrates on the notation, which recently underwent a major revision. Whether you are new to ArchiMate or have been using it for some time I think you’ll find […]

11 years, 5 days ago

How To Measure Anything

  Intangible value and Enterprise Architecture are two kindred topics. Accountants would have us believe that if you can’t value something it has no value. Which is kind of hypercritical when you consider that the biggest number on a balance sheet is usually depreciation and that’s a guess! Anyway if you find yourself in the […]

11 years, 8 months ago

Documenting Software Architectures

“There is no significant meaning to the arrows between the boxes”.  Ain’t that the truth! Perhaps more readily than any other profession IT architects reach for the whiteboard marker to try and explain themselves. It’s amazing given our limited symbolic repertoire, typically  boxes, arrows, clouds and stick men that we so often fail to drive […]

13 years, 2 months ago

The Zoom Factor

Typically the EA books I review are a summary of the author’s heuristic experiences; they provide viewpoints, models and tools for managing the challenges of EA. Fewer authors opt for an holistic approach; perhaps these books are best described as being about “approaches to EA” rather than methodological detail. Zoom Effect is unique in the […]

13 years, 9 months ago

97 Things Every Software Architect Should Know

This is an interesting book, it is the collective wisdom of four dozen or so software architects, interestingly only two of them are women. This is not a book about architectural methodology it quite literally provides 97 points that the contributors feel will make you a better architect. The contributors’ wisdom is delivered in neat […]