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Driving a New Generation of Digital Leader at Iasa

One of the most important functions of a profession is to ensure that companies can hire the people they need to lead their organizations. In addition, a profession must help fulfill the requirements of future generations and prepare them for the jobs that will be available. This function is essential to the long term health

Becoming Digital Transformers

There is a lot of fear and uncertainty in our profession right now, and rightly so. The architecture practice, especially the enterprise architecture, of the past 10-15 years is dead. I am reasonably certain that architecture never actually lived, just wandered around companies like zombies looking for brains. "Architecting the enterprise" and governance thinking from EA

Tools for Exploring the Future

“The future is already here it’s just not evenly distributed” – William Gibson The Future isn’t certain, we struggle to understand the impact of the future and fail to see the signals that are right in front of our eyes. As the rate of change intensifies now more than ever we need to learn future

Future Role of Architects

The Future of the Architect: reports of our extinction have been greatly exaggerated. A completely subjective look at the direction the role of the architect might take in years to come, as we endeavour to keep up with the ever accelerating pace of change. Riccardo began his career as an academic researcher, specialising in bioinformatics

VISUALISE, DOCUMENT AND EXPLORE YOUR SOFTWARE ARCHITECTURE

We value working software over comprehensive documentation” is what the manifesto for agile software development says, with the typical misinterpretation of these few words being “don’t write documentation”. Of course, that’s not what the manifesto says and “no documentation” certainly wasn’t the intent. It seems that many software teams have lost the ability to communicate

Dress Better! No, I mean it.

I grew up in Dallas, Tx in the 70s and 80s and I will tell you something we all knew back then, but seem to have forgotten now. You dress one level better than your audience, IF you want to have an impact. My momma told me, "Paul, it is hard enough to succeed with brain

Why Frameworks Are Killing Architecture

Let me start by contradicting my headline. I love frameworks. DODAF, FEAF, MODAF, TOGAF, Zachman etc. are all excellent tools for architecture teams to use when they are ready and when the team members are skilled enough to use them. Each brings different strengths and weaknesses, and can help an experienced team do very interesting

10 Principles of Architect Team Success

Over the years I have continuously written and commented on the chasm that forms between architecture teams. After 15 years of learning from members and working with them on successes and failures we know there is a relatively simple set of mechanisms by which an architecture team can succeed almost every time. At Iasa we

Form, Structure and Function – Architecture is NOT Emergent

I have recently been studying the implications of Agile on enterprise and technology architecture. As a part of that I was looking through traditional architects relationship to other team members (structural engineers, construction, plumbers, electricians, etc). This has always been a passion of mine as a student of professions but this time I was looking

What Makes A Great Architecture Team

As a prelude to setting up our award and rating system for Architecture Teams, I've been thinking a lot about what makes for a great architect organization. The question seems simple at first then blossoms into some complexity. This topic has been haunting me ever since one of our chapter leaders was complaining about his