Sunday, 7 May 2017

Generalising Specialists

There is this rumour going around that good architects need to write (production) code.  I think the term was coined by Scott Ambler of, or was it ThoughtWorks?  Anyway, I don't care, because I disagree, quite a lot.

See, I did write code, a lot of it.  I was good at it, and I still like to write code for my own pleasure, but my current, full-time role as an enterprise architect does not involve much coding.  As a result, I have become slightly detached from the way code is written in our company (tools, processes, etc.) and when I do, it is laborious and frustrating. In fact, I would respectfully suggest that letting me near production code might: a) not be the best use of my time, b) be dangerous.

It's not because I'm older, or wiser, or slower, or too important to code.  It's because I spend my time thinking about different abstractions: higher-level ones. The principles are the same, but the moving parts are larger.

See, I write enterprise code.

My IDE is Powerpoint ... or Word, if I'm feeling dangerous.

I am like the town planner.  Sure, I could have a go at building a house, but would you really want to live in it?

I know I wouldn't.


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