A Trace in the Sand
by Ruth Malan
It's Me Day!
What's a Trace?
My Trace is a playground for developing ideas, for exploring architecture and the role of architects. It is a journal of discovery, and traces my active reflection. I've been journaling "out loud" here for over eight years. To get a sense of the span, calibre and contribution of this body of work, there's a selection of traces linked here. When reading a trace in isolation, it may feel like you've been dropped into a thought fray unprepared for the action that is already in progress. Just hang with that feeling. You're smart, and my Trace assumes that. You'll get your bearing quickly. Just give it a chance.
Oooo, look: I'm a people, I'm a people!! [Pauses dancing on table to say: Thanks Grady!!] So happy to see Grady Booch's Architecture Handbook site being brought back up. I hope that he reconstitutes his architecture journal and starts keeping it again. His writing there inspired this Trace... eight years ago... Yes. Eight. Eight I tell you!
Image by Sara B.
4/22/14: Busy busy busy...
But. If you look over April's sketchy skeleton traces and start to think this looks like I'd do better using Storify to scrapbook tweets, and you're wondering what all the fuss is about... by all means go back to January and read there. Loads of good stuff. Really. No, really. Loads. And loads. All good. Well, you'll just have to go find out for yourself, won't you?
No Point Left Unmassacred [my modus operandi]
[The first bullet brought to you by Brenda Michelson. ]
Oh. I'm not done.
My Trace. Feels kinda like this, doesn't it? And this:
Um. Why do I feel like this warning was targeted directly at me:
Image source: shamelessly hoisted off the internetz
To Feature Flag or Not to Feature Flag
Source for that cartoon is Abtruse Goose O.P.C.
And, by analogy:
Oh, yeah, I wrote a thing back in January...
4/11/14: I am enjoying placing that side-by-side with:
I'll have to write a post on the relationships, but Michael Feather's notion of "process echoes" in the code relates to Michael Leyton's notion of "memory" in physical structures. The question, with respect to code, is how far can that take us, and how much can/should we rely on that. Which gets back to a bit of discussion that happened following the code archeology conference...
For now, suffice it to say: We'll leave the binary thinking up to computers, and strive for balance in our approach to code, right? Right? Riiiiiiight? Let's hear the refrain: Judgment factors. And factors and refactors.
Twitter, Listen Up
I can't believe Twitter is still doing this:
after I said this. I mean, really.
They could say "thanks for being so glued to us you saw us in our awkward down time" or something... but "thanks for noticing"?!? The world stops. We notice. Okay?
Leadership as Service
Grady Booch graciously tweeted a postively framed heads-up to my Architecture Definition trace. Thanks also to Gene Hughson for retweeting and thus magnifying Grady's kindness. That collegial support means so much to me! But it is also a great example of the style of leadership that fosters and grows community.
Word to the wise: follow JP De Vooght -- the man is genius at "what next." By which I mean, he has just the right next insight or reading to recommend, to stretch one's thinking. It takes both discernment and a broad and deep compass of one's own, to be able to do that. Awesomeness!
Also Peter Bakker, because he is the best thing that ever happened to me on the internet! :-) Er, I mean, because he's interesting and fun and he investigates and explores topics that are really pivotal to things visual and architecture. He "follows his Bliss" (area of interest/passion), diving deep into the topic and sharing what he finds with joy and generosity and it is a pleasure to learn with and from him.
And Paul Harland because he's one of those "da Vinci"-styled studiers of such a range of topics, he's just dripping with systems thinking interestingness. (And he writes a great blog. Next post please Paul!)
And Stuart Boardman. Because he is a man of integrity and action, and interesting and wise and generous and kind and ... a person of breadth and depth of encounter... and and and great tweet stream, great conversations, great blog, great friendship.
And Grady Booch because... well, for one thing he did that astonishing thing of tweet-mentioning one of my traces (and did so with a generously positive framing). Some people are chary with their social capital -- hording it and relying on everyone else's generous spending of social capital to elevate them in the twitter stack-ranking of follower counts. But Grady is gracious and generous and kind, as well as awesomely smart and wise.
And... I'm going to have to leave some folk for another Friday roast. :-) It may not look like I'm busy, but I'm already doing 20 things at once today.
4/21/14: Oh yes, and this was a neat creative twist on #ff -- thank you Peter (and Grady for the RT):
A Giant, A Giant I Tell You!
Oh noes -- ze tweeple don't know who Eb Rechtin is???? Hangs head in shame. I have disserved you! Okay, okay, let me remedy. Eb Rechtin (the late, sadly) was a giant of our field (system architecting). The pointer in that tweet is to:
It is a lovely overview/introduction to systems architecting and the Rechtin gestalt. It has gems in it like:
Next time I break all my own taboos, and irritate you with an imperative, take me seriously. It's going to be that good. Okay?
Smiles. I'm doing performance art here. But it is that good. And I am that excited.
4/14/14: Put Eb's paper alongside:
Still need no stinkin' architects, huh?
So Many Uses
No Blood Red Moon Tonight :-(
Awww mannnnn.... well, I hope you get to see the blood red moon/eclipse tonight...
Happy Birthday to my dear friend. Thank you for all your encouragement and sharing of stories that warm, lead, enlighten and lighten me, as well as your care-full pointers these many years. I treasure the gift of your friendship.
Happy Easter, or Happy Spring or Fall, Or Magnificent Beneficence of Chocolate Day to you.
Busy busy busy...
But. If you miss me, or you're new here and you're wondering what all the fuss is about... by all means go back to January and read there. Loads of good stuff. Really. No, really. Loads. And loads. All good. Well, you'll just have to go find out for yourself, won't you?
I also write at:
- Bredemeyer Resources for Architects
Architects and Architecture
- Todd Hoff (highly recommended)
- Anna Liu
- JD Meier
Architect Professional Organizations
Agile and Lean
Agile and Testing
Other Software Thought Leaders
- CapGeminini's CTOblog
CTOs and CIOs
CEOs (Web 2.0)
- Don MacAskill (SmugMug)
- Wired's monkey_bites
Social Networking/Web 2.0+ Watch
- Dan Roam
- David Sibbet (The Grove)
Strategy, BI and Competitive Intelligence
- Freakonomics blog
Um... and these
- CNN Money Business of Green videos