Architecture

Architectural Folk Models

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I’m going to post the contents of a gist I wrote (2 years ago?!), because Theo is right, some gists are better as posts. The context for this was a debate on Twitter (which, as always, is about as elegant and pleasing to read as a turtle trying to breakdance).  Summing up contextual influence on systems architecture […]

Culture

Paradigm Check Point: Prefacing Debriefings

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I’m a firm believer in restating values, goals, and perspectives at the beginning of every group debriefing (e.g. “postmortem meetings”) in order to bring new folks up to speed on how we view the process and what the purpose of the debriefing is. When I came upon a similar baselining dialogue from another domain, I […]

Culture

On Being A Senior Engineer

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UPDATE: I’ve added a short section on the topic of sponsorship. I think that there’s a lot of institutional knowledge in our field, especially about what makes for a productive engineer. But while there are a good deal of books in the management field about “expert” roles and responsibilities of non-technical individual contributors, I don’t […]

Complex Systems

Systems Engineering: A great definition.

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Ben Rockwood said something last December about the re-emergence of the Systems Engineer and I agree with him, 100%.   To add to that, I’d like to quote the excellent NASA Systems Engineering handbook’s introduction. The emphasis is mine: Systems engineering is a methodical, disciplined approach for the design, realization, technical management, operations, and retirement […]