#EAMantra (1) Finding out you are wrong is one step closer to being right
#EAMantra (2) Just enough, just in time, justified
#EAMantra (3) Future first
#EAMantra (4) If you can't draw it you probably don't understand it
#EAMantra (6) If you can't find any gaps in your architecture, you missed something
#EAMantra (7) If no-one is questioning your architecture, no-one is using it.
#EAMantra (8) Architecture is like alcohol. Just the right amount gives you confidence, but you need to know when to stop
#EAMantra (9) Implementing architecture is like buying a car. First question is not "how much will it cost?" but "how much can I afford?"
#EAMantra (10) Measure the success of your architecture by counting how few architects you have, not how many.
#EAMantra (11) Failing to deliver perfection is not a crime. Failing to deliver is.
#EAMantra (12) If you know it is the right architectural choice, add it to your architecture. If you think you know it is, add that too.
#EAMantra (13) Plan EA in days and weeks not months and years
#EAMantra (14) A good architecture is like a Bonsai tree. Growing it is the easy part; the real art lies in the pruning.
#EAMantra (15) Do not mistake low complexity for lack of detail
#EAMantra (16) If your future architecture isn't changing, your people have stopped thinking. Trust me; this is not good.
#EAMantra (17) Know your place... and believe in its importance
#EAMantra (18) Do not expect EA to please those who know nothing, as you are removing their blissful ignorance.
#EAMantra (19) Do not follow the path of least resistance... Create it.
#EAMantra (20) They won't really get it until they use it. If they use it and still don't get it, you failed.
#EAMantra (21) He who favours a complicated framework is unlikely to produce a simple architecture
#EAMantra (22) Don't get so caught up in the journey that you forget the destination
#EAMantra (24) When documenting your architecture think "graphic novel" not "war and peace"
#EAMantra (25) When scoping EA responsibilities, remember: If you mow your neighbour's lawn, you may get a turf war instead of a thank you
#EAMantra (26) Remember - an architecture is not a product... but it should be the blueprint for one
#EAMantra (27) One sure sign your enterprise architecture isn't happening - you're not benefiting from it yourself.
#EAMantra (28) I am an enterprise architect and on the door of my ivory tower is a sign that reads "It can be done!"
#EAMantra (29) Make your enterprise architecture practical AND attractive - it may not be a building but people will have to live in it
The Enterprising Architect