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Decision Bias Calibrator

June 3rd, 2021|Comments Off on Decision Bias Calibrator

The bias calibrator helps architects determine whether cognitive bias is impacting their decisions.

Technology Tracker

June 3rd, 2021|Comments Off on Technology Tracker

The technology tracker helps architects evaluate a new technology tracker for impacts on their environment.

Modern Architecture Landscape

June 3rd, 2021|Comments Off on Modern Architecture Landscape

The modern architecture landscape describes technology types and impact areas for architecture decisions.

Decision Cascade Card

June 3rd, 2021|Comments Off on Decision Cascade Card

The decision cascade card looks for downstream impacts from a technology decision.

Risk and Cost Card

May 21st, 2021|Comments Off on Risk and Cost Card

risk-and-costDownload AreaDescriptionLinks ToRiskRisk MitigatorsDesign ImpactsCostsCost AlternativesImpact Considerations

Objective Key Results

May 20th, 2021|Comments Off on Objective Key Results

OKRs allow the architect to understand and set the objectives the organization is trying to achieve.

Benefits Card

May 20th, 2021|Comments Off on Benefits Card

Benefits-CardsDownload AreaDescriptionLinks ToBenefitChanges RequiredBenefit RealizationBenefit MeasuresBenefits AlignmentStakeholders

Capability Card

May 19th, 2021|Comments Off on Capability Card

The capability card provides a capability analysis tool for understanding a business capability and its measurements.

Service Blueprint

May 19th, 2021|Comments Off on Service Blueprint

Service Blueprint Canvas AreaDescriptionLinks ToServiceScenarioOnline/Physical EvidenceCustomer ActionsFront Stage ActionsBack Stage ActionsSupporting Processes and Systems

Quality Attributes

May 12th, 2021|Comments Off on Quality Attributes

“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”Antoine de Saint-Exupery 1        What are quality attributes? In this article, we will examine design for


April 29th, 2021|Comments Off on Strategy

The essence of strategy is choosing what not to do.Michael Porter What is strategy “a detailedplan for achievingsuccess in situations such as war, politics, business, industry, or sport, or the skill of planning for such situations” – definition of Strategy, Cambridge Dictionary A strategy is a plan for how to achieve

Agile Architecture @ Scale

April 22nd, 2021|Comments Off on Agile Architecture @ Scale

Scaling agility may very well depend on the ability to integrate architecture excellence into the project.

Business Model Canvas

April 22nd, 2021|Comments Off on Business Model Canvas

The BMC provides a business model on a page used for architecture and innovation.

OKR Card

April 21st, 2021|Comments Off on OKR Card

The OKR provides measurements against an objective for benefits tracking.

Architecture Decision Record

April 20th, 2021|Comments Off on Architecture Decision Record

The ADR provides a decision management tool for discrete decisions for traceability to ASR and usage.

Reactor Pattern

April 20th, 2021|Comments Off on Reactor Pattern

The reactor pattern already underpins many of the platforms you use today, and is now one of the most common ways to deal with concurrency.

Bulkhead Pattern

April 20th, 2021|Comments Off on Bulkhead Pattern

The bulkhead pattern enforces the principle of damage containment and provides a higher degree of resilience by partitioning the system.


April 20th, 2021|Comments Off on Throttling

The throttling pattern is used to allow a service to maintain a steady pace when process multiple customer requests. Throttling can be implemented using multiple strategies: •Rejecting requests from an individual user who has already

Architecturally Significant Requirements

April 16th, 2021|Comments Off on Architecturally Significant Requirements

Download The ASR Card is a tool to define an architecturally significant requirement. Card AreaDefinition/UseLinks ToASR and ContextWrite the ASR in common requirements format for your target PM method. Significance and Impact Describe how the

Architecture Assessment

April 15th, 2021|Comments Off on Architecture Assessment

Architecture assessments provide an essential tool to reduce risk, increase decision quality and ensure successful architecture delivery.


April 8th, 2021|Comments Off on Competency

Competency is the knowledge, skills and ability of an architect to deliver value within the purpose of the profession.

Circuit Breaker

March 8th, 2021|Comments Off on Circuit Breaker

The Circuit Breaker pattern is used to check the availability of an external service, detect failures and prevent them from happening constantly.  For example, if an application needs to retrieve data from an external service

Retry Pattern

March 8th, 2021|Comments Off on Retry Pattern

There are some consideration when using retry pattern: When there is an indication that the fault is not transient or unlikely for service request to be successful if repeated (for example, an authentication failure caused by invalid user credentials or bad request send to service , e.g., HTTP status code 4xx received from the service), the application should not try to retry , but abort the operation invocation and report a suitable exception. If the specific fault is unusual or rare, it may have been caused by extraordinary circumstances such as a network packet lost in transit. In this case, the application could immediately retry the same request again because the same failure is unlikely to happen again and the request will probably be successful. If the fault is caused by issues such as service being not fully responsive (e.g., “service busy “) the service consumer should wait for a suitable time before retrying the request.

Modern Patterns 1

March 4th, 2021|1 Comment

The first installment of modern patterns with basic descriptions. A part of the collection of modern architecture patterns for the ITABoK.

Technical Debt

January 24th, 2021|Comments Off on Technical Debt

Technical debt is a critical issue for all architects and developers of software intensive systems. Learn techniques for dealing with it.

Lifecycles Overview

December 3rd, 2020|Comments Off on Lifecycles Overview

The architecture lifecycle, or Architecture Development Life Cycle (ADLC), are the stages that an architecture goes through from its inception to its decommissioning. The ADLC provides a guiding process for developing architecture, and helps the architect understand and communicate the state of the architecture.

Services and Integration

October 16th, 2020|Comments Off on Services and Integration

Overview of services and integration principles.

Service Blueprints

October 16th, 2020|Comments Off on Service Blueprints

Service blueprints are a design tool for services and service flow used often with customer journeys.

Services Overview

October 15th, 2020|Comments Off on Services Overview

Services are the backbone of the technical implementation of business capabilities and modern agile methods.

Value Calculations

September 18th, 2020|Comments Off on Value Calculations

Understanding how to caclulate value in architecture is a critical skill. This learning shot will get you started on basic value management and calculation techniques.


September 3rd, 2020|Comments Off on Valuation


August 17th, 2020|Comments Off on Roadmapping

Visual descriptions of a plan against time for achieving one or more goals or objectives

Business Model Canvas

August 5th, 2020|Comments Off on Business Model Canvas

Understand the business model, the building blocks and how to model using a business model canvas

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