Category: blog

Detailed Requirements vs. Business Outcomes

Reading Time: 2 minutes Yes, I know – this isn’t strictly a topic for Architects, but with the line between Architecture and Analysis being ever more blurred in my own interactions it’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot more in recent weeks;...

Metric selection

Reading Time: 2 minutes At the time of writing the UK is in the midst of the Coronavirus Pandemic and I’ve taken a keen interest; having becoming very interested in UK Politics following the IR35 legislation and Brexit. The presentation of the evidence...

Don’t read other people’s design comments.

Reading Time: < 1 minute Initially, at least. I make quite frequent changes to my own working practices, both to keep it fresh but also in search of a magical productivity improvement. Many of them I’ve kept; such as following Uncle Elon’s purge of...

Indicators of the unprofessional [Work in Progress]

Reading Time: 2 minutes At the current juncture I provide my services as a third party, often I work around other third parties and have, over the years, probably seen more than my fair share of client employees and other freelancers. During a...

Keeping your SaaS vendor honest during product selection.

Reading Time: 2 minutes There’s a blurry line between the Solutions Architecture and Business Analysis – one of the things we’ll often find within that area are the Non-Functional Requirements. From an Architectural perspective I believe NFRs to be the life-blood of the...

The real cost of best-of-breed

Reading Time: 2 minutes A common strategy we’ll often see from Architecture leaders is one that stipulates the use of best-of-breed software to meet the business goals. Selecting such an approach is often an easy choice to make in the early days of...

Agile creep

Reading Time: 2 minutes In the not so distant past I worked as a consultant Solutions Architect for a large housing association. The role was rather mis-sold to me and rather than leaning on my main Infrastructure-focused skillset I found myself working on...

Security Testing

Reading Time: 2 minutes It’s often the case that architects, especially those in the technical / solutions space find themselves giving recommendations on the appropriate levels of assurance that a project requires. Certainly my experience has been that security teams, through their typically...

Genesis

Reading Time: < 1 minute Every blog needs a “This is my first post” post, so here’s mine. There are times in my working life when I bump into something that I feel poses a particularly interesting challenge or is worthy of discussion and...