The Architect Elevator

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by Brad Jolicoeur
03/25/2020

The role of Software Architect is typically not well defined in most organizations and I've found Gregor Hohpe's description of The Architect Elevator to be the most enlightening.  

I discovered Gregor Hohpe's book 37 Things One Architect Knows About IT Transformation: A Chief Architect's Journey on a long business trip a few years ago when I was trying to understand what it means to be a Software Architect.  I've always had a sense that it was more than just a really really senior developer.  Gregor's model of an Architect is someone who rides the organization elevator and leads change has provided me considerable perspective at how a Software Architect can bring value to an organization.

This video provides a good introduction to what Gregor's description of an Architect.  I especially like his diagram at the end. 


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