Friday, March 27, 2009

 

Enterprise Architecture and Sailing

Yesterday I blogged about how enterprise architecture aligns nicely with the principles of gardening. I am now thinking that enterprise architects should adopt the analogy of sailing as well...



More about sailing that might make it a useful metaphor:

  • When the wind shifts, you have to adapt your plans accordingly. There's no point arguing about it.

  • The crew is constantly monitoring and making little adjustments to the sails.

  • You can't always trust the map or the weather reports. You have to pay attention to what you see, not what you were told you were supposed to see.

  • You really have no idea exactly how long it is going to take to get anywhere. (But you'll have fun anyway.)

  • You can speed up by throwing big heavy things overboard.





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