IN THIS SECTION, YOU WILL: Get an overview of guiding principles that generalize my view on what it means to be an architect in practice.
In this part of the book, I introduce several guiding principles that generalize my view on what it means to be an architect in practice:
- Architects as Superglue: Architects in IT organizations should develop as “superglue,” people who hold architecture, technical details, business needs, and people together across a large organization or complex projects.
- Skills: A typical skillset of an architect includes hard (technical) skills, soft (people & social) skills, and business skills.
- Impact: Architects’ work is evaluated based on their impact on the organization. They must demonstrate that they identify, tackle, and deliver on strategic problems, have a deep and broad influence, and deliver solutions that few others can.
- Leadership: My view of architecture leadership is inspired by David Marquet’s work and Netflix’s valued behaviors.
- Architects’ Career Paths: Raising the Bar: Architects’ career paths ideally stem from a strong engineering background. Hiring architects requires constantly raising the bar to ensure a strong and diverse team structure.