Documenting Design Decisions

December 16, 2013

We previously discussed Options Analysis – our method for evaluating multiple viable technical solutions.  We also facilitate numerous smaller design choices at all levels of the architecture.  We often need to document these as “design decisions,” and use a common approach and format to document at all levels of design (conceptual, logical, physical, component, etc.).
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Prose: Great for Novels, Lousy for Solution Design

December 3, 2013

While we often find ourselves advocating for design documentation, we typically are referring to “some” design documentation vs. “more” design documentation.  When it comes to design documentation, more is actually not better.  We have encountered customers, and even other consulting firms, that deliver design documentation by the inch – measuring design quality horizontally across the binding.  We recommend not doing this!
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Cost, Time, & Architecture – The Zen of Options Analysis

September 9, 2013

Solution architecture is typically designed within a project context. Although we focus on the right process for this design activity frequently in our blog, the intersection of that process with the process of delivering an actual production solution is very important. Constraints are a key reality in projects, and often they compete with achieving the “right” architecture. A process to guide a design through this gauntlet of project constraints is why we created our “Define Solution Options” process.

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Ring the Bell – Philly Here We Come!

June 25, 2013

We are proud and excited to announce that once again we will be presenting at the Open Group Conference, this time in Philadelphia!
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So you have to transmit some files, huh?

June 12, 2013

When was the last time you found yourself on a project that didn’t involve some degree of file transmission?

No, that one doesn’t count…

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Systems Flow joins elite group of firms whose IT Architecture methods have been recognized by The Open Group.

April 24, 2013

Rhinebeck, NY April 23, 2013 – Systems Flow, Inc. announced that the Systems Flow Investigative Architecture™ method has been recognized within The Open Group Certified Architect (Open CA) Program.

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The System Context Diagram

April 4, 2013

We use a system context diagram in the early stages of our Investigative Architecture™ process. It provides a high level functional view of a system and, while it is very powerful for the early stages of functional design, it also ensures you have identified any functional needs that impact the non-functional, or architectural, aspects of the design. Read more



The Art of Accepting Feedback

January 24, 2013

As practicing solution and enterprise architects we regularly present our work to our stakeholders for feedback. Those stakeholders range from mentors to peers to project teams to executive sponsors. In any and all of those situations, it is important to be able to accept feedback. Read more