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ContentsAbout this BookiFifty Shades of IT1Architects8The Architect Elevator12Movie Star Architects20Enterprise Architect or Architect in the Enterprise?26An Architect Stands on Three Legs32Making Decisions38Question Everything46Architecture51Your Coffee Shop Does Not Use 2-Phase Commit56Is this Architecture?63Every System is Perfect…70
CONTENTSCode Fear Not!78If You Never Kill Anything, You Will Live Among Zombies 86The IT World is Flat92Never Send a Human to Do a Machine’s Job100If Software Eats the World, Better Use Version Control!106Communication113Explaining Stuff118Writing for Busy People124Emphasis over Completeness133Show the Kids the Pirate Ship!138Sketching Bank Robbers144Diagram-Driven Design150Drawing the Line157Organizations165Control is an Illusion169They don’t build’em quite like that anymore176Black Markets Are Not Efficient183Scaling an Organization189Going fast? Bring Discipline!198
CONTENTSGovernance Through Inception204Transformation212No Pain, no Change!215Leading Change222Economies of Speed229The Infinite Loop237You can’t fake IT242Money can’t buy Love.249Who Likes Standing in Line?256Thinking in Four Dimensions262Architecting IT Transformation268All I Have to Offer Is the Truth271
About this BookMany large enterprises are facing pressure from the rapid dig-italization of the world: “digital disruptors” attack unexpectedlywith brand-new business models; the “FaceBook generation” setsdramatically different user expectations; and new technologieshave become available in the cloud to everyone with a creditcard. This is tough stuff for enterprises that have been, and stillare, very successful, but are built around traditional technologyand organizational structures. “Turning the tanker”, as the need totransform is often described, has become a board room-level topicin many traditional enterprises: “we need new digital products!”,“we need to renew our tech stack!”, “we need to de-layer ourorganization!”, “we need to become agile!”, “we need to becomedigital!” are the battle cries that often emerge out of the board room.