This presentation was created for the SATURN conference series and does not necessarily reflect the positions and views of the Software Engineering Institute.
It is a common misunderstanding that the architect's major task
to produce architectures—but
the truth is that an architect should understand and change the behavior of
the social system that actually produces the architecture. De Caluwé and
Vermaak distinguish five ways of thinking about and reacting to change in
organizations. Based on their theories, we have created a model that
illustrates how architects can change their own "color" in order to provoke
change in the organization. We map this color model to three different
cases from our own experience as architecture consultants, analyze these cases,
and share what we learned from our successes and mistakes. We claim that good
architects should act as chameleons, and give recommendations on how to
approach different kinds of stakeholders and how to deal with the various types
of power, interests, needs, and conflicts that naturally arise in any
This presentation was given at SATURN 2011 in Burlingame, CA.