Thursday, January 05, 2006


Enterprise Architects should never refer to themselves as professionals...

Several of my colleagues talk about turning the discipline of architecture from a hobby into a profession which implies they want to be considered professionals. As you may be aware, several of them stimulate thoughts on topics in which I blog about and today will be no different...

Some may debate that a professional is one who gets paid for whatever they are asked. This of course is a simple explanation that pretty much fits every aspect of society. These folks may be more analogous to a five letter word that starts with the letter W and ends with the letter E.

Here are several questions you should ask yourself to determine if you are a professional:

Maybe us architects in Fortune 500 enterprises are too busy pontificating about inaccurate building analogies and not thinking about things that matter. Maybe we are too busy being delusional in our belief that we actually understand economics? Maybe someone can tell me if it makes economic sense to have developers bust their butt to overhaul their mind in order to fit a different paradigm...

In the same way, you can't teach an old dog new tricks, you can't teach any of us architects to be professional. For the record, I am an amateur!

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