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Why should architects make great lovers?
In their professional lives, brilliant satisfying experiences are all about being able to sense and anticipate then plan for your partners future needs.
For your sake, I hope these skills have transferred into your personnel life, it's all about doing the right thing at the right time!
What do architectures and great order of things have in common?
They breed true until trouble strikes then they mutate!

Then new patterns continuously emerge and if they're viable and stick they often grow exponentially!
Under such conditions, adaptability dictates survival not efficiency.
What do architecture and world peace have in common?
Both noble and worthwhile but elusive goal where purity is a fantasy.

Therefore, it's ongoing and iterative and someone must lead the political process!
Beware, when process become more import than product (outcome), you have entered the realm of hollow bureaucratic ritual
What can architects learn from the UN?
It's a game of influence not power and the trick is to lead from behind, walk softly, carry lots of carrots and a big stick!

Beware of the sin of hubris, it's always easier to see
minor imperfections in someone else's ideas rather than
major inadequacies in one own!
What does architecture and government have in common?
They both steer better than they row!
What does architecture and knowledge management have in common?
One of the primary principles is relevance before completeness!
What do architecture and the judicial system have in common?
What does architecture and alliances have in common?
cash cements commitment!
What can architects learn from before?
Legacy systems have one big advantage, they work!

Ours were architected, designed and implemented 5 years before the PC was born and are the backbone and workhorses of our business today!
The fact that they are still relevant is a sheer miracle and an amazing achievement but weren't no accident!
Oh how I yearn for the good old days, a simpler time with fewer choices, bigger benefits and long cycles!
What can architects hope for beyond?
Not unlike the PSTN we all know and love,

the true genius of this great role model architectures is
it passes the test of time and has been exploited by others
in ways unforeseen by the original master designers!
What does architecture and nature have in common?
  1. The more adaptable a species is the less efficient it is!
  2. People require less precision that software solution.
  3. You can't escape the gene pool!
  4. A critical success factor is bio diversity. IBM was right, think but for god sake don't all think alike!
What does architecture and poker have in common?
To win you must adapt your strategy from tight to loose based on the situation you encounter!

It's the game from hell, you can't win, you can't even break even and you can't get out of the game!
Your in hell, want heaven but live on earth and that all you can afford!
What do the weather and architectures have in common?
A safe prediction is they will both eventually change!
What do architects and lighthouse keepers have in common?
Situation dictates reliance and respect (highly dependent on weather conditions)!
For better or worse, architectures only serve to represent the complex of our experience beyond which they have little legitimacy!
What do architects and down hill racers have in come?
To win , you must first be able to see in your minds eye the whole race from start to finish!

Without this mental model, it's hard to make the right and necessary course adjustments when obstacles is encounter!
When it comes the race, get out of the gate quickly, stop for nothing and go like hell!
What does architecture, infrastructure and war have in common?
All the value comes near the end! Go forth were they don't expect it, attack where they are unprepared, Sun Tzu
What does infrastructure and money have in common?
Once you get a little, immediately want a lot more!
What does architecture and strategic planning have in common?
They both tend to be black holes that suck in every thing around them and never split anything out!
What can architects learn from financial analysis?
Success is being able to identify the significant stuff!
What do architecture and advertising have in common?
The real truth is we have a hard time articulating and proving that they work but we all know they do!
What can architects learn from business people?
The bullshit walks when the money talks! Compassion is found directly underneath the wallet!
Winning is based on the ability to see and understand patterns (models) quickly.
Patterns allow players (architects) to see moves in series,
to look at the position of things in the grand game and detect meaning.
The players who grasp the most patterns has a tremendous advantage.
What can architects learn from medicine?
When it comes to triage, maximize survival by bypassing the dieing,

comfort the injured and get directly to work saving those who can truly benefit from your help!
What can architecture learn from "Origins of the Species"?
All complex systems are evolution of simpler ones!

Form and function evolve in parallel over multiple interactions.
The first generation is rudimentary but get the basics right and then evolves with
subsequent generation become increasing specialized and more robust!
What can architecture learn from Charles Darwin?
What can architects learn from bridge builders?
For predictable stress and strain, critical joints should be pinned not welded!
What can architects learn from "creation"?
God created the earth in 7 day's because there was no installed base!

The truth is, the best road to the future doesn't start from here but here's what we got!
What can architects learn from Frank Lloyd Wright?
elegant, architecturally inspired, and functional homes with leaky roofs.
What can architects learn from Leonardo?
A recognition of and appreciation for the interconnectedness of all things and phenomena. Systems Thinking!
What can architects learn from sailors?
All import journeys into the unknown requires frequent star fixes!
What can want-a-be systems architects of today learn from the great ship builders of yesteryear??
You only undertake building new ship after studying in great detail the master pieces of the past so
you know what works well and more importantly what doesn't work at all, well stolen is half done!
What can architects learn from Sun Tzu?
It's easy to take over from those who don't plan ahead!

Those who are able to adapt to changes in the enemy and achieve victory are considered supreme!
What can architects learn from the marketplace?
It's a war of maneuverability not position! It's not information technology; it's business technology.
What can architects learn from Grady Booch?
"There has to be a recognition that the days of discreet applications development projects are rapidly coming to an end,"

"Because software is so critical to business success, it now has to evolve more or less continuously.
To keep the business up and running software development organizations can't afford to throw things away and start from scratch, they need to make incremental improvements all the time.
"This, in turn, implies that a strong architectural vision is important in order to maintain the conceptual integrity of the whole system.
An incremental and interactive software life cycle, together with strong architecture, are consistent factors in successful software development organizations world wide."
What can architects learn from John Kenneth Galbraith?
When the facts change, I change my mind; What do you do?
What can architects learn from the Chinese leadership?
They are reluctant to become dependent on foreign devils for critical technologies!

Are we as wise as the Chicoms?
What can architect learn from marketing?
Problem/Solution selling works best! Alas, it's much easier to sell weed killer than prevention!
What do OPEC and IT have in common?
They're both long on promise but come up short on delivery!

For OPEC that too much too soon for too little, for IT not enough not soon enough for too much!
So, be from Missouri, seeing is believing, more risk management less faith!
What can architecture learn from Marshall McLuhan?
First we shape our tools (architectures), then they (architectures) shape us.

If the medium is the message! Then the IT infrastructure is the enabler!
Systems are always define in terms of available solutions where
technology, tools and talent always pace the solution!
What can architecture learn from "the enlightenment"?
The quest for "the great unifying theory" is a noble undertaking but a fools errand,
for today we just don't know enough!
What can architects learn from neuroscience?
  1. Not unlike our minds, our systems may dream.

  2. Current theory speculate that as we rest, we first reducing external stimulus and then
    sift through the events of the day, some we forget others we for file for future recall!
  3. There is a monitoring centre but no master control!

  4. There are co-operating independent area that do there thing while keep other areas apprised while adjusting to their surrounding.
    That's Sensors, Stimulus, Situation where all critical life support functions are autonomy and replicated! 
What can architects learn from the telephone system?
What can architects learn from the military?
    When the critical success factor is
  1. communications and understanding then use a short chain of command!
  2. reaction time is understand the doctrine!
What can architects learn from war and weapon systems?
First idenify a few clear targets, aim for victory, marshal overwhelming force,
know when and where to engage and have an exit strategy!
They both need a quick time to target, maximum kill ratio,

minimal collateral damage and never fail in the heat of battle!
What can architects learn from social systems?
In highly politicized situations, the how can be more important than the what!
What can object (component) architects learn from wealth!
For money it's accumulate then manage, for solutions it's function then form, for integration it's access then leverage!

Once you've slay the first dragon, the next devil appears! This is the nature order of things, can you say ORBs?
Order separation of concerns followed by a high order state of affairs!
What does software development and car racing have in common?
Your pole position (starting point) is a great indicator of final outcome!

The type and condition of the track (infrastructure) dictates lap times!
For pit stops, time to resolution (back on track) is difference between finishing with money or not! a stitch in time saves nine
What does architecture and music have in common?
Pace and tempo are important!
What does architecture and standards have in common!
The proof of the pudding is product not prose, the great ones are found in practice not in books,

For better or worse, the vagaries of the marketplace will always be the ultimate arbitrator!
What do solution sets and books have in common?
the content is important, not the size.

How well does the solution address the problem, if it doesn't the productivity is zero.
What do solution sets and people have in common?
  1. The better they collaborate the better the outcome!
  2. They're all born to die! We all want to get to heaven but nobody want's to die!
What do systems and cars have in common?
What do all economic, business and system models (architectures) have in common?
The systems structure is defined by key scarcity and abundance!

The shift from scarcity to plenty is often the harbinger of new value propositions!
What do bananas, technology and mindware have in common?
They come in colours, that's means shelf life!

Some are green, yellow, brown, then black and if you ignore them long enough they just go bad.
Any given bunch of bananas has a natural order of colours, as time passes the colour will change and it's got a lot to do with shelf life!
If servers have dog years, a two year old server will have a mid life crisis!
What do sharks and architecture have in common?
if they stop moving forward, you're dead!
What do IT and Telecom networks have in common?
About 50% of the cost is just running the thing and dealing with growth.
What's the The Golden Rule of Systems?
Build something simple that model the real world and keep it that way!

Drucker, organizations fail when the assumptions on which they were built no longer fit reality.
All systems have an architecture, it's either implicit or explicit but more importantly can anyone tell you what it is?
What can architects learn from industrial engineering (Tailor)?
The biggest saving come from things you Don't Do IT!

As it is with work design, so it is with system design; poor aggregation and partitioning will increase complexity which in adversely effect the value proposition.
What can architects learn from Parato's?
Complete 80% of the requirements before beginning architecture and 80% of the architecture before beginning detailed design, etc.
20% of the application deliver 80% of the business value!

20% of the features and function of an application deliver 80% of the business value!
What does estimating of software and markets have in common?
Even though we wish it different, it's more faith than fact, so place your bet and take your chances!
What do great solution sets and good solver styles have in common?
What can architects learn from entrepreneurs?
All propositions are planned, produced and promoted with a price commensurate with purpose!
What do architectures and religion have in common?
Those that give faith flourish, those that demand faith fade!
The presence of essential mathematical harmonies is perceived instinctively, and is emotionally fulfilling - this is the foundation of all religious architectures.
What do enterprises and architecture planning have in common?
What do architects and geneticists have in common?
Vary few of either groups are looking across all systems to see patterns!
What do new business ventures and systems have in common?
Some of the important critical success factors are adequate infrastructure and the rule of law!
What do good relationships and architecture have in common?
What do great architectures and investments strategies have in common?
It's winning by not losing that's important, a balanced portfolio of risk with rewards!
What do architects, commodity brokers and artists share in common?
For all those who dabble, only a select few can make a good living at it!
What does architecture and life have in common?
What do financial reports and software systems have in common?
What do the business and technology gangs have in common?
Under pressure, both groups might inadvertently blurt out the true!
What does good wine and great systems have in common!
  1. First comes the planting on fertile ground in the right season!
  2. Then for profitable wine, age and maturity are extremely critical!
What do architects and wine makers have in common?
Paranoid optimism, the hope that this years undertaking will be better than ever,

mixed with the real fear that it all might be ruined by too much sun, rain or some other calamity!
What can architect learn from farmers?
You reap what you sow and its a poor farmer who doesn't keep the weeds down and the pest and varmints out!
What should architects, economists and politician all share in common?
What do architectures and carrier choices have in common?
As it is with infrastructure investment like plants and process, so it is with information system?
What can architects learn from the stock markets or animal husbandry?
What can architects learn from internet?
What can architects learn from history?
What can architects learn from Boeing?
Success in the plane maker business is about under promising and over delivering, not the reverse!
What can architects learn from the art part of Lincoln?
What can modern man learn from medieval theologians?
What do architects enterprises and John Dewey's children have in common?
What do building and system architectures have in common?
What can architects learn from the Paul Clements and Clayton Sprung chance encounter on architecture?
True enlightenment takes place with an interchange of idea's where both the senders and receivers remain changed forever,
thank you Paul!
What do architects and CEOs have in common?
They both earn the right for gainful employment a year at a time,
so keep this in mind when planning! If they can't peddle results, they revert to peddling religion!

is it Rich? Reasoned? Reflective? Relevant?
what do you think?

    kind things said
  1. Thanks for the insights. It was a pleasure to review it.
    I found various ideas to be profoundly beautiful and bizarrely entertaining.
    Overall, the collection is "mindblowing". Dr. Thomas J. Mowbray, Chairman iCMG,
  2. Your list is probably the most realistic look at a tough subject, should be a prerequisite read for anyone entering the EA field.
    Dave McAfee, Technical Consultant, EWITA Research http://www.lanset.com/dmcafee
  3. One of the nicest things you can do for someone is to give them something new to think about.
    By that standard, Clayton's collection is architecture lessons is the nicest site on the World Wide Web.
    Paul C. Clements Site: http://www.sei.cmu.edu/ata/ata_init.html
  4. There has been much debate over the role of the architect (see, e.g., the WWISA discussions on the subject).
    The lessons presented here do a good job of presenting in an entertaining way many dimensions of the multi-faceted nature of software architecting.
    Dana Bredemeyer, President Bredemeyer Consulting, http://www.bredemeyer.com
  5. "When people seem to do things that don't make sense it's because of something I don't understand."
    --- Gene Bellinger; OutSights, Inc. (creating new insights through outside perspectives)