Drawing a lineā€¦
Thursday, July 26, 2012 at 06:33AM
Alan Inglis in documentation, enterprise architecture, modeling

Sometimes, however experienced you are as an architect and however “strategic” you are in your work, sometimes it pays to get right back to basics.  The issue often is “how effective is our communication?” 

Our profession has a very simple foundation of communication through pictures and words.  If we don’t get those right then we fail, so it is right, sometimes, to go back and ask yourself whether you are getting the basics of communication right.

I read a book called “101 Things I Learned at Architecture School” by Matthew Frederick.  It is about the basics of “traditional” architecture rather than enterprise architecture but I was surprised how much I could get of the book and find relevance to what we do.

The first of the 101 “Things” is “How to draw a line”.  Just as in traditional architecture, pictures at various levels of formality are critical for our communication. 

You need to buy the book to get the specific advice however this page prompts a number of questions:

The most fundamental tool for an enterprise architect is the simple line.  Are you using it right?

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