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14. UML > The Role of the People

The Role of the People

How can we know if someone is the right person to be the architect of a software project?

Ivar: Let me be very clear. I think architecture is very important, but I am cautious about labeling individuals as architects, for many reasons. Many times I have seen companies with a team of architects that they send to other organizations to work on projects. That may be fine if they work inside a particular project, but companies such as big banks usually have a group of enterprise architects that sit and draw representations of the architecture.

Then they throw this over the wall to the developers. The developers just ask themselves: “What is this? It’s useless.” In many companies, enterprise architects sit in an ivory tower without doing anything useful.


  

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