A Trace in the Sand

by Ruth Malan

 

 

 

 

Architects Architecting Architecture  

I borrowed Ralph Ellison's words to indicate and justify (and ask forbearance for) the peculiar style of this Trace:

"To see [our field] with an awareness of its rich diversity and its almost magical fluidity and freedom I was forced to conceive of a [format] unburdened by the narrow [expectations for style, voice, focus, more] which marks so much of our current [discourse]. I was to dream of [an expressive form] which was flexible, and swift as [] change is swift, confronting the [prejudices] of our [field] forthrightly, but yet thrusting forth its images of hope, human fraternity, and individual self-realization. A prose which would make use of the richness of our speech, the idiomatic expression, and the rhetorical flourishes from past periods which are still alive among us. Despite my personal failures there must be possible a [conversation, and contributions such as this thereto...] which, [...], can arrive at the truth about the human condition [especially as it shapes and is shaped by the field of architecture and systems], here and now, with [something as delighted, joyful and open to wonder and] magic [as a] fairy tale"
-- [adapted from] Ralph Ellison

The selection of traces linked below, gives a sense of the span, calibre and contribution of this body of work. 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.

This Trace has served to explore:

What: Software Architecture

Why: Do we need architecture?

Explicit Architecture

BDUF, NoDUF, Enuff!

Technical Debt

 

What: Enterprise Architecture

Context: Ecosystems

Context: Uncertainty and Ambiguity

 

"We design human nature by designing the institutions within which people live and work." -- Barry Schwartz

Who: Architects

Influence without Formal Authority

Requisite Flexibility

Innovation and Design Leadership:

 

How: Architecting

Sketching and design

Fundamentals

Experimentation and Discovery

  • Experimentation and Discovery

Context and Strategy

Requirements: Capabilities, Properties

Architecture Views

Meta-Architecture

Conceptual Architecture

Improve/validate and learning from failing (early and cheap):

 

 

 

I also write at:

- Bredemeyer Resources for  Architects

- Trace In the Sand Blog

 

 

 

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