Master the Architecture Process
Everyone who has been asked to perform as an architect thinks he or she has likely done some architecture before. But when it comes time to officially start, it is easy to draw a blank and be unsure of which step to take next.
Basic skills and abilities in the architecture process are those typically learned and nurtured through both education and experience. These basic techniques, processes, approaches, and methodology root themselves in best practices.
Depending on the type of architecture work you are doing, you will need to take one of various approaches. When companies initiate the architecture process, they create a vision for a specific outcome. Business drivers and context shape all architecture initiatives.
In this process, you will make decisions and create specifications to document the journey and details of the architecture’s development. You will take various perspectives from the conceptual through to the logical and physical, so that all who contribute have the details they need.
You will select and validate the architecture solution, and then the iteration cycle begins. As the process continues, you will refine the architecture until you deem it fit for transition to reality.
This is your first major stop on the journey as an architect. Getting this right is critical. When you get started, you absolutely need to know a few basic things about all architecture processes, and you may adjust them depending on your differentiation and situations.
Right now, you don’t need to decide now whether enterprise architecture is for you. Get the basics down, and the door will be open for you in the future.
When it comes to an architect’s skills and abilities in the area of process, some behavior patterns exhibit greatness. Excellent architects require a base knowledge of the process, the willingness to apply the appropriate amount of process to their work, and the ability to figure out what is appropriate.
These are excerpts taken from the book: Zoom Factor for the Enterprise Architect: How to Focus and Accelerate Your Career ISBN 978-0-9812609-0-7
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