Launching The Agile Architect
I’ve launched The Agile Architect on it’s own site now.
The Agile Architect is a venture to help Architects become Agile. The inspiration came when the leaders on a very large project I was working on decided we were going Agile. My first reaction to this news was, “Great! we’re going Agile!” because for many years I have been studying Agile and applying Agile techniques to the teams and projects I had been working on. However, I had yet to be on a team where the management had totally bought in.
The Architect is typically the enemy of the Agile team. To make matters worse, I was also playing role of Enterprise Architect. In order for the project to continue to receive funding, they had to obtain Architecture Certification from me. This is similar to obtaining Development Approval (DA) from local Council. If you ever attempted to renovate or build, you will know, this is not an Agile Process.
The conflict between the Architecture and the Agile Team
The conflict between Agile and Architecture is well documented and discussed in the blogosphere. Traditionally, Enterprise Architects enforce a governance model which is based on the Waterfall Model – the antithesis of Agile. Architectures generally want a very well thought out end-state before anyone commits to coding. Agile on the other hand says, we need to make something that works and then refine it through refactoring.
Bringing peace to Agile Teams and Architects
What I truly love about being an Architect is that it generally puts me right in the middle of conflict – or what we call stakeholders with competing concerns. As the Architect, one of my key responsibilities is to perform Architecture Trade-off Analysis between these competing concerns. I always see this as a way to bring peace between these warring tribes.
When I found myself right in the middle of this brawl, it dawned on me that this is a golden opportunity. My being in the middle of this is not coincidental and I need to do something more than just survive it. I need to help others as well.
Visit The Agile Architect
So please go visit The Agile Architect. I really believe Agile will change the way we work and greatly improve the outcomes we achieve. I believe in this more than anything I’ve seen in my >20 years of experience in IT. That’s why I’m passionate about it, writing about it, doing something about it. Please visit: leave your feedback and encouragement; subscribe and engage. Help me make a big difference.
What happens to David Hall’s Blog?
I’ll continue blogging here on things that fascinate me. Sadly, that is mostly technology because that’s what I do. I subscribe to the axiom that, if you get a job you love, you never work a day in your life! If you’ve worked with me, you know I take never working a day in my life very seriously :) I’ll also try to mix in some writing about the Bronte sunrise, travel and fun with raising the M&Ms (the kids).
Ciao for now!