1 month, 1 day 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 months, 1 day ago

Supporting Large Architectures as a Team

The architectures of large organizations can become quite large and complicated, posing a challenge for the architects developing and maintaining them. In previous discussions, we have addressed a number of techniques for organizing and controlling suc…

2 months, 5 days ago

Combine ArchiMate & TOGAF Standards to Support Digital Change Published More ShareEdit

In the first blog of this series, I explained how important it is to raise your digital change capability to become an adaptive enterprise. I also highlighted the role of effective communication, as well as approaches to categorize and visualize enterp…

1 year, 14 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 […]

1 year, 28 days 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 […]

1 year, 3 months 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 […]

1 year, 4 months 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, 4 months ago

April 2017 – Investigative Architecture Training

We are pleased to announce our next Investigative Architecture Training which will be held in Lincoln, RI on April 13 & 14, 2017. It is an intensive, interactive two day training for architects, developers and other IT roles who want to take their architectural and diagramming skills to the next level. Practicing architects already understand […]

1 year, 4 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 […]