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Did I miss any tips?

I splurged out this list of tips last night for what I've seen being in software architecture for a while now.

I'd be interested in what the Joel crowd think - even if it's negative :-)

Did I miss any big ones?

- David
David Ing Send private email
Friday, August 05, 2005
>Message to any Australian readers - stop treating Cricket like it is a proper sport please, you're ruining it for everyone else. Cricket was an accident that just happened one day while a group of people just were drinking in a field, while all wearing white, one Sunday - by learning to play the game properly and treating it as a serious sport I think you've clearly missed the point.

I just spit gatorade on my keyboard.  Not that I'm Australian, but I spent 6 months in Melbourne and boy do they love their cricket.
Michael Bevilacqua
Friday, August 05, 2005
Good article. I like where you point out that specialists will often outperform an architect in any one aspect. That's good to keep in mind and will make one into a better leader.

You mention that an architect needs to deal with the economics of getting the product built. That's spot on too. Projects often fail not of poor design but because of risky design. When the risks show up, the architecture needs to be redone and the project falls off schedule.

That's key. A software architect's job is to mitigate technology risks. Does technology X do what the brochure says?  Are technology Y and Z compatible? Etc.
YaYaYa Send private email
Friday, August 05, 2005
Michael, are you related to Lydia?
OU person
Monday, August 08, 2005
>  Michael, are you related to Lydia?

If I am, my parents haven't told me.
Michael Bevilacqua
Monday, August 08, 2005

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