1 year, 4 months ago

Intro to Use Case Types

Analyzing or designing the various features and functions of a software system can be daunting, especially when there are multiple actors and other interfacing systems involved. Thankfully, analysts can turn to use cases to make this process much easier. At the very minimum, an effective use case should: define how stakeholders interact with a system define how a system […]

2 years, 7 months ago

What’s My Function…Or Is It Non-Function?

One of the substantial differences between an architect and a software developer is regarding requirements. In general, a developer is concerned with functional requirements while an architect is concerned with non-functional requirements. Of course, there is some overlap between each requirement type and the type of person focusing on each, but that is generally how […]

3 years, 1 month ago

Levels of Architectural Understanding

Early on in my EA career, I was very fortunate to become involved in a pioneering EA initiative at Westpac. My introduction to Westpac came when I helped its Group Data Resource Management team develop tool and repository support for its enterprise business model. During this engagement, I kept hearing people refer to an exciting Read more

3 years, 1 month ago

Levels of Architectural Understanding

Early on in my EA career, I was very fortunate to become involved in a pioneering EA initiative at Westpac. My introduction to Westpac came when I helped its Group Data Resource Management team develop tool and repository support for its enterprise business model. During this engagement, I kept hearing people refer to an exciting Read more

3 years, 4 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 […]

5 years, 2 months ago

Avoiding a Leaky Scope Bucket

There’s a hole in the bucket, dear Liza, dear Liza, There’s a hole in the bucket, dear Liza, a hole. – children’s song, Bergliederbüchlein (c 1700) In my prior article, I introduced the concept of a scope bucket to explain the concept of project scope to your stakeholders.  In this article, I continue the theme with some […]

5 years, 4 months ago

A Bucket of Scope

An architect relies on a clear understanding of scope.  In prior articles we have discussed the business context diagram, a great tool for establishing solution scope.  We also provided a technique for setting expectations regarding the scope of architecture activities.  In this article, I intend to expand on the importance of understanding (or establishing, if […]

5 years, 5 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 […]