I came across this Software Architecture Mantra from IASA
- Systems that aren’t deployed don’t matter
- Systems that don’t work don’t matter
- Systems that don’t appease the users needs don’t matter
- Systems that don’t perform don’t matter
- Systems that aren’t health don’t matter
- Systems that can’t be measured don’t matter
- Systems that don’t add business value don’t matter
In my opinion it should be entitled The IT Architect Mantra.
It was with great pleasure to learn that IASA will have online versions of its Associate Courses. I did the online version of IASA’s Core Architecture course and I was impressed by how the course was delivered.
There were a few hiccups: Internet availability issues and the switch to daylight savings times(there were students from all over the world and we had to ensure the switch to DST did not affect everyone). Despite the hiccups the course was well delivered and the presenter was knowledgeable about the subject.
Oratory skills, as I have discovered, is one of the many skills required by a Systems Architect. In my quest to mirror Cato or Socrates, I was introduced to local Toastmasters Club.
Toastmasters gives one the opportunity to improve one’s public speaking skills. One of my favorite portions of my weekly Toastmasters meeting is what is called ‘Table topics”. In “Table Topics”, you are given the opportunity to practice your “off the cuff” speaking skills. This I have observed is an excellent skill for a Systems Architect.
I am on a Communication Competency track in my local Toastmasters club. When I complete 10 speeches, I will receive my Communication Competency certificate. Ironically my second speech was about blogging.
I am now trying to figure out my next speech. Maybe something technical- Cloud Computing, SOA, etc; however because of my fellow Toastmasters are from a diverse background, my next speech may have to be less technical.
I recently moved from being a developer to the world of architecture. I have found a few websites that can help me as I make my architecture journey.