A Trace in the Sand

by Ruth Malan

 

 

 

 

Architects Architecting Architecture  

December 2014

12/1/14

What's a Trace?

Well... it's kind of like this:

ind of like this

Like what? Messy and you can't make out what it says? But if you could, it would be good, right? Deliberate discovery: use cheapest design medium to effectively reduce strategic uncertainty." Discovery. Uncertainty -- but not all, or just any. Strategic! Woohoo!

This is where I share (some of) my exploration, as it ranges around topics I relate to what it takes to be an effective architect who leads and facilitates and enables the architecting of architecture -- some upfront, but more, much more, throughout the evolution of the system and its containing systems, of systems, in various contexts of use, but also contexts of development and operation.

And yes, that diagram and sentence should give you thrills of expectation and excitement at how very much insight happens here! Smiles. I am humble, really. One just has to assert goodness sometimes, because... well, if no-one does, one gets lonely for a kind word. Smiles. (Smiles? That's a play gesture, to defuse the attack trigger. Smiles!!)

“Only when we take ourselves lightly can we take ourselves seriously, so that we are given the courage to say, ‘Yes! I dare disturb the universe,'” Madeleine L’Engle

I also write at:

- Bredemeyer Resources for  Architects

- Trace In the Sand Blog

 

 

 

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Papers:

- Strategy, Architecture and Agility: The Art of Change: Fractal and Emergent, 2010 

- Innovation and Agile Architecting: Getting Past ‘But’: Finding Opportunity and Making It Happen, 2008

- EA and Business Strategy: Enterprise Architecture as Strategic Differentiator, 2005

- The Role of the Architect:: What it Takes to be a Great Enterprise Architect, 2004

 

Ruth Malan has played a pioneering role in the software architecture field, helping to define architectures and the process by which they are created and evolved, and helping to shape the role of the software, systems and enterprise architect. She and Dana Bredemeyer created the Visual Architecting Process which emphasizes: architecting for agility, integrity and sustainability. Creating architectures that are good, right and successful, where good: technically sound; right: meets stakeholders goals and fits context and purpose; and successful: actually delivers strategic outcomes. Translating business strategy into technical strategy and leading the implementation of that strategy. Applying guiding principles like: the extraordinary moment principle; the minimalist architecture principle; and the connect the dots principle. Being agile. Creating options.

Feedback: I welcome input, discussion and feedback on any of the topics in this Trace in The Sand Journal, my blog, and the Resources for Architects website, or, for that matter, anything relevant to architects, architecting and architecture! I can be reached at

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