“Who” Creates Risk

September 15, 2016
Costello: Well then who's on first? Abbott: Yes.
Costello: I mean the fellow's name. Abbott: Who.
Costello: The guy on first. Abbott: Who.
Costello: The first baseman. Abbott: Who.
Costello: The guy playing... Abbott: Who is on first!

Today’s blog is triggered by the entry authored by my friend and colleague, Ben Sommer, reflecting on the laziness of describing architecture with pronouns. In our roles as architects, IT strategists, or just technical leaders guiding successful project implementations we frequently find ourselves defining plans and parceling out tasks.

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Issue Resolution – Celebrate Your Success

March 3, 2014

This blog is the third in a series of posts designed to help technical leads get over the hurdles that inevitably pop up during any complex implementation; a series that was started by Understanding the Problem and continued in Determining a Solution.

With the course set and the implementation of the recommended solution underway, it’s time to finish strong.  Read more



Issue Resolution – Determining a Solution

February 19, 2014

This blog is the second in a series of posts designed to help technical leads get over the hurdles that inevitably pop up during any complex implementation; a series that was started with Understanding the Problem.

Once the problem is sufficiently understood, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get down to business. Read more



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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Issue Resolution: Understanding the Problem

August 22, 2011

For a Solution Architect, creating the blueprint for a quality product is often only half the job: After all, the greatest design in the world isn’t worth much unless it is accurately implemented. Read more



Walk Softly and Carry a Proper Meeting Recap!

May 16, 2011

You know the drill:

It’s late Friday afternoon and someone tosses an email or instant message your way regarding what you thought was a resolved topic. Read more