A Trace in the Sand

by Ruth Malan

 

 

 

 

Architects Architecting Architecture  

August 2014

8/1/14

What's a Trace?

My Trace is a playground for developing ideas, for exploring architecture and the role of architects. It is a journal of discovery, and traces my active reflection. I've been journaling "out loud" here for over eight years. To get a sense of the span, calibre and contribution of this body of work, there's a selection of traces linked here. When reading a trace in isolation, it may feel like you've been dropped into a thought fray unprepared for the action that is already in progress. It's okay. You're smart, and my Trace assumes that. You'll get your bearing quickly. Just give it a chance.

"Oh Cool" is so Cool!

For the most part, it is just the same, always the same, handful of people who make me feel I am not entirely invisible in the twitter-verse:

same

Thanks Gene Hughson and Richard West for RTs and Paul Harland for fav. People who can see me are evidently quite remarkable. ;-)

With that in mind:

oh cool

Thanks for the pointer and the mention! These gestures of inclusion are so gratifying!

Do look in on Simon Brown -- I have mentioned his work in software architecture and architectural sketching over the years, but it is worth a reminder to go check out his tweet stream, book-in-progress and website, etc.

JP de Vooght is one of the few who have been twitter-kind to me in the past, so he likely needs no introduction to those who read here. But in case you're just getting acquainted, he shares our interest in architecture and sustainability and his tweet stream is a wonderful resource!

Thanks also to Rachel Davies!

But... cough cough... I seem to have caught the attention of all the Chuck Norrises... What did I say/do??? ...

Chuck Norris...???

Is there like some secret Tom Robbins/Elmer reference that is like a code? Just a bot swarm? What?

 

 

 

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- Bredemeyer Resources for  Architects

- Trace In the Sand Blog

 

 

 

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Papers:

- Strategy, Architecture and Agility: The Art of Change: Fractal and Emergent, 2010 

- Innovation and Agile Architecting: Getting Past ‘But’: Finding Opportunity and Making It Happen, 2008

- EA and Business Strategy: Enterprise Architecture as Strategic Differentiator, 2005

- The Role of the Architect:: What it Takes to be a Great Enterprise Architect, 2004

 

Ruth Malan has played a pioneering role in the software architecture field, helping to define architectures and the process by which they are created and evolved, and helping to shape the role of the software, systems and enterprise architect. She and Dana Bredemeyer created the Visual Architecting Process which emphasizes: architecting for agility, integrity and sustainability. Creating architectures that are good, right and successful, where good: technically sound; right: meets stakeholders goals and fits context and purpose; and successful: actually delivers strategic outcomes. Translating business strategy into technical strategy and leading the implementation of that strategy. Applying guiding principles like: the extraordinary moment principle; the minimalist architecture principle; and the connect the dots principle. Being agile. Creating options.

Feedback: I welcome input, discussion and feedback on any of the topics in this Trace in The Sand Journal, my blog, and the Resources for Architects website, or, for that matter, anything relevant to architects, architecting and architecture! I can be reached at

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