This presentation was created for the SATURN conference series and does not necessarily reflect the positions and views of the Software Engineering Institute.
experience shows that simply establishing the structures and relationships of a
system is not enough for architecture success; a few overarching themes must be
present. There are published assessment frameworks, architecture maturity models,
and other tools that discuss competencies and processes present in mature architecture
organizations. This presentation supports such findings and describes the
deeper cultural infrastructure underlying successful architecture initiatives. This
cultural infrastructure is described in terms of four major themes: Sponsorship,
Common Goals, Decision-Making Mindset, and Trust. We present these four themes,
a tool for assessing where organizations may have gaps, and techniques for the
architect to facilitate closing those gaps. These techniques are based on our experiences,
but we plan to validate them through a survey of other practicing architects. This
presentation applies to audiences in different architecture disciplines and at varying
organizational levels; it also applies broadly to those in both change agent
and management roles.
This presentation was given at SATURN 2011 in Burlingame, CA.