A Trace in the Sand
by Ruth Malan
We're just back from two weeks in Alaska, so here we are and its mid-August already! For now, you're welcome to check in on my July journal entries, because I haven't even had time to do any architecture surfing!
Ok, I've been back more than 5 minutes now, and I have some architect/architecture links to record:
Architect Salary Data
Thanks to Steven Thornton for bringing the NIH EA website to my attention.
8/17/06 Politicians and Conflict
Maria Montessori reportedly said: "Preventing conflicts is the work of politicians; establishing peace is the work of education."
Those in the architect role generally recognize that the success of their architecture work depends a lot on their own willingness and ability to persuade and influence, skills we associate with "organizational politics" (or the more palatable "organizational effectiveness").
A lot of what the architect as politician is doing is averting and resolving conflicts. The battles for resources and power in organizations rage around the architects. IT architects have to negotiate for the best interests of the organization, making tradeoffs across business units that compete for IT's bandwidth, dedication and innovation, each demanding to meet the needs of their customer base and timeframes at the expense of other business units and their customer base. Product family architects have a similar balancing act.
Part of the architect role is about changing the culture of the organization to be more embracing and supportive of the behaviors and values that go along with architecture (and what it brings in terms of consistency, integration, leverage, strategic focus, etc., associated through architecture with product platforms, reuse, SOA, EA, etc.). This part of the role is about education and culture change so that conflict doesn't arise. The Montessori quote reminds me that this aspect of the architect role is vital. It is far better not to have conflicts in the first place, than to be good at averting and diffusing them when partisan interests breed conflicts in profusion.
8/18/06 Architecture Workshop Status
Both the Software Architecture Workshop and the Enterprise Architecture Workshop coming up in September in Chicago are full, and the Software Architecture Workshop in Washington DC is gathering momentum. Our training/consulting schedule is close to jammed solid over the next 4 months.
All this speaks to the ever growing interest in architecture, honing architecting skills, and stepping up the discipline in the profession of software architecture and enterprise architecture.
8/19/06 More Architect/Architecture Links
Quality and Architecture
8/20/06 Google Ranking
For the first time in years, the Resources for Software Architects web site is not the first item to come up when you Google "software architecture." It is now second to the Wikipedia page on Software Architecture which is pretty good but it doesn't have the depth of coverage for practicing architects that the Resources for Architects site does. And the Wikipedia Software Architecture page doesn't even link to the Resources for Software Architects web site, which you'd think would be the mannerly thing to do in such a case!
We have worked tirelessly, endlessly, to pull together resources for architects simply to be of help to architects. I never set out to get that Google top spot on a relevant search. Still, it has been rewarding to get the implicit acknowledgment conveyed in that spot, knowing that in good part it means that software architects have found the work useful and worth linking to.
8/20/06 The Open Group's IT Architect Certification Program Recognizes the Visual Architecting Process
Bredemeyer Consulting's Visual Architecting Process (VAP) is one of the architecture methods recognized by The Open Group; see http://www.opengroup.org/itac/cert/methods.tpl?CALLER=index.tpl.
8/29/06 More Architect/Architecture Links
SOA and Web Services
EDA: Event Driven Architecture
Open Source and SOA
8/30/06 Leadership: Thanks Ramesh!
In a heart-warming antidote to the fall from the Google top spot, Ramesh posts
"Today I was reading an article “Architect. What’s in a name?” and it is a great article that describes who an architect is from the term architect and also gives a great analogy to differentiate architecture and design."
TechMasala blog, August 22, 2006
Great leaders are generous in giving praise and celebrating successes. We do not reduce ourselves by giving credit to others; leaders serve those they lead perhaps even more passionately and energetically than those they lead serve the cause that the leader inspires them to align behind.
I bought 3 (more) books today:
Each is a book about leadership.
I'm such a sop (as in "drenched in liquid," not "standard operating procedure" or "service object pair") when it comes to generous-to-the-core good, and dipping into Leaving Microsoft had me brushing away tears before I even bought the book! There is so much need in the world, and so few people ready to take on the big challenge of making a noticeable dent in it, that John Wood's self-chosen mission is inspiring. HelpMatch, here we come!
I read in Freakonomics that there is a stronger correlation between children who succeed in school and "number of books in the home" than "parents who read to the kids." We score high on "number books," most definitely! Oh, we do also read to the kids... when I'm not writing in this journal at bedtime that is... better go... and I think I'll take Steve Jobs to bed tonight.
8/30/06 Architectural Leadership and the iPod
Of course, my husband had to ask "How was that?" and I had to confess I slept through it...
Actually, I find that the best guard against being awake in the wee hours is to have something I'm eager to read or work on! I'm so intrigued by the iPod as an architectural story that I will steal time for it, even from my children. I'm interested in what makes the iPod beat-the-market successful, and the analyses I've seen so far have left me less than impressed. I think the iPod story lends itself to lots of meaty discussions around the role of strategy, architecture and technology and the importance of integrating, not divorcing, these. Just as soon as I get done working with Ben Ponne on the Architect Competency Framework update, the iPod will have to duke it out with HelpMatch to claim a bigger slice of my attention. We'll see what John Wood can do to help in the HelpMatch corner.
8/31/06 More Service-oriented Architecture Links: Vendors and SOA Strategies
Oracle and SOA
Sun and SOA
2006 by Ruth Malan
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- Bredemeyer Resources for Architects