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Architecture and Related Books List

What: Architecture

How: Architecting

Who: Architects

Why: Motivation

Where and When: Context

Role of the Architect Columns

- Architect: What's in a name?

- Who's Accountable?

- Architect's Charter: Complexity

- Quest for Great Architects

Architecture Training


What it Takes to be a Great Architect Class

Software Architecture Class

- Eindhoven, The Netherlands, Jun 27-30, 2011

- Johannesburg, South Africa, August 22-25, 2011

- Orlando, FL, Oct 18-21, 2011

Enterprise Architecture Workshop

- Chicago, IL, Jul 11-14, 2011

- Chicago, IL, Nov 29-Dec 2, 2011


Architect Competencies:
What You Know, What You Do and What You Are

Architect Competency Framework

Bredemeyer, Dana and Ruth Malan, "What it Takes to be a Great Enterprise Architect," Enterprise Architecture Executive Report, Cutter Consortium, August 2004Cutter is running a promotion, and you can download this issue free at

Bredemeyer, Dana and Ruth Malan, "The Role of the Software Architect" (ArchitectRole.PDF, 40kb), 2002, updated May 2006.

Malan, Ruth and Dana Bredemeyer, Architecture Competency Framework and Competency Elaborations:

Resources for Architect Skill Development

Bibliography: books and papers organized by architect competency domain


Malan, Ruth, A Trace in the Sand Architecture Journal, (writings on architecture and the architect role),

Malveau, Raphael, and Thomas Mowbray, Software Architect Bootcamp, Prentice-Hall, 2000.

Muller, Gerrit, Human Measure and Architecting, (draft book on the role of the architect), Gaudi web site,

Sewell, Marc. T., and Laura M. Sewell, The Software Architect's Profession: An Introduction, Prentice-Hall, 2001. This book focuses on the building architecture analogy for software architecture to draw implications for software architects.

Microsoft Architecture Journal issue number 15 (April 2008) focuses on the Role of the Architect 

Leadership and Vision

Collins and Poras, “Building Your Company’s Vision”, Harvard Business Review, Sept-Oct 1996.

Dikel, Kane and Wilson, “Projecting and Unifying Vision”, Ch 3. Software Architecture: Organizational Principles and Patterns, 2001.

Highsmith, Don, “Product Vision,” This article originally appeared in the 23 August 2001 issue of Cutter Consortium's Agile Project Management E-Mail Advisor and is viewable at

Kotter, John, “Leading Change: Why Transformation Efforts Fail”, Harvard Business Review, March-April 1995.

Malan, Ruth and Dana Bredemeyer, "Creating an Architectural Vision: Collecting Input,",  July 2000. See also, which is a fictitious vision article we created as a promotion back in 2000 (when 2003 was still out in the future). It is still relevant as a way to pitch a vision.

See also Tony Manning's list of recommended leadership books (.pdf).

Strategy, Innovation and Competitive Advantage

Alfred, Charlie, "Value-Driven Architecture: Linking Product Strategy with Architecture," June 2005.

Alter, Allan E., "Innovation Makes Emerging Technologies Pay Off," CIO Insight, June 5, 2005.  

Baker, Edward H. and Ellen Pearlman, "Innovation Takes More than Inspiration; it Takes Investment, and Persistence,"  CIO Insight, January 6, 2006. 

Baldwin, Howard (interviewer) and Laurie Orlov (interviewed), "Is Someone Else In Your Company Better At IT Innovation Than You? The CIO whose department gets left behind in driving innovation has some catch-up work to do," Optimize February 2006, Issue 52

Barnes, David, "How Business Should Drive Technology: Why UPS is always asking if what it has is the best and whether it can do better," Optimize April 2006, Issue 54.

Carr, Nicholas, "IT Doesn't Matter," Harvard Business Review, September 2003.

Christensen, Clayton, The Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail, Harvard Business School Press, 1997.

Christensen, Clayton and Scott Anthony, Seeing What’s Next: Using the Theories of Innovation to Predict Industry Change, Harvard Business School Publishing Corporation, 2004.

Galpin, Timothy, Making Strategy Work: Building Sustainable Growth Capability, Jossey-Bass, 1997.

Grove Consultants International, Strategic Visioning Graphic Guides, see Demonstration (it is really neat!).

Harmon, Paul, "Does IT Matter?," BPTrends, September 2003.

Kaplan, Robert, and David Norton, The Strategy Focused Organization, Harvard Business School Press, 2001.

Kaplan, Robert, and David Norton, The Balanced Scorecard, Harvard Business School Press, 1996.

Malan, Ruth and Dana Bredemeyer, "Enterprise Architecture as Strategic Differentiator," Enterprise Architecture Executive Report. Cutter Consortium, June 2005. You can download a complimentary copy from

McGrath, Michael, Product Strategy for High-Technology Companies: How to Achieve Growth, Competitive Advantage, and Increased Profits, Second Edition, McGrath, 2001.

Mitreanu, Cristian, "Is Strategy a Bad Word?, " MIT Sloan Management Review, Winter 2006.

Porter, Michael, Competitive Advantage: Creating and Sustaining Superior Performance, Free Press, 1985.

Porter, Michael, Competitive Strategy, Free Press, 1998.

Porter, Michael, Competitive Strategy: Techniques for Analyzing Industries and Competitors, Free Press, 1998.

Rowsell-Jones, Andrew, "Know Your Advantage," CIO, September 8, 2005.;1557650771;fp;4;fpid;379170742

Schwartz, Peter, The Art of the Long View: Planning for the Future in an Uncertain World, Currency Doubleday, 1991.

See also Tony Manning's list of recommended strategy books (.pdf)


U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) Enterprise Architecture Principles

State of California's Enterprise Architecture Principles

Tapscott, D, and A. Caston, Paradigm Shift. McGraw-Hill, 1995.

Organizational Politics, Networks, Persuasion and Influence

Ashkenas, Ronald, Dave Ulrich, Todd Jick, and Lawrence Bossidy, The Boundaryless Organization: Breaking the Chains of Organization Structure, Revised and Updated, John Wiley and Sons, 2002.

Argyris, Chris, Knowledge for Action, Jossey-Bass, 1993.

Bredemeyer, Dana and Ruth Malan, "What it Takes to be a Great Enterprise Architect," Enterprise Architecture Executive Report, Cutter Consortium, August 2004. You can download this issue free at

Bredemeyer, Dana, “James Madison and the Role of the Architect”, June 1999.    

Chambers, Harry, Effective Communication Skills for Scientific and Technical Professionals, Perseus Publishing,      2001.

Cialdini, Robert, “Harnessing the Science of Persuasion, Harvard Business Review, October 2001.

Cohen, Allan and David Bradford, Influence Without Authority, John Wiley and Sons, 1991.

Conway, M.E. "How do Committees Invent?", Datamation, (14) 4, April 1968. pp28-31.

Cross, Rob and Andrew Parker, The Hidden Power of Social Networks, Harvard Business School Press, 2004

Egan, Gerard, Working the Shadow Side: A Guide to Positive Behind-The-Scenes Management, Jossey-Bass, 1994.

Giovagnoli, Melissa, and Jocelyn Carter-Miller, Networlding: Building Relationships and Opportunities for Success, Jossey-Bass, 2000.

Gladwell, Malcolm, The Tipping Point, 2002.

Maier, Mark and Eberhardt Rechtin, The Art of Systems Architecting, 2nd Ed., Ch 10: The Political Process and Systems

Marshall, Lisa, L. Freedman, Smart Work: The Syntax Guide for Mutual Understanding in the Workplace, Kendall/Hunt,  1995.

Rechtin, Eberhardt, Systems Architecting: Creating and Building Complex Systems, Prentice-Hall, 1991.

Useem, Michael, Leading Up: How to Lead Your Boss so You Both Win, Crown Business, 2001.

Uzzi, Brian and Shannon Dunlap, “How to Build Your Network, Harvard Business Review, December 2005.

Communication and Presentation

Atkinson, Cliff, Beyond Bullet Points, 2005.

Dick Hardt's presentation on Identity 2.0 demonstrates effective visuals, showing less is more when it comes to striking slide content!

Consulting and Facilitation

Block, Peter, Flawless Consulting: A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used, 2nd Edition, Jossey-Bass Pfeiffer, 2000.

Chambers, Harry E., Effective Communication Skills for Scientific and Technical Professionals, Perseus Publishing, 2001. Recommended.

Freedman, Rick, The IT Consultant: A Commonsense Framework for Managing the Client Relationship, Jossey-Bass, 2000.

Schaffer, Robert, High-Impact Consulting: How Clients and Consultants Can Work Together to Achieve Extraordinary Results, Wiley & Sons, 2002.

Senge, Peter, A. Kleiner, C. Roberts, R. Ross, B. Smith, The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook: Strategies and Tools for Building a Learning Organization, Currency/Doubleday, 1994.

Senge, Peter, The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization, Currency/Doubleday, 1990.

Weinberg, Gerald, Secrets of Consulting : A Guide to Giving and Getting Advice Successfully, Dorset House, 1986.

Manuals from Grove Consultants International:

  • Best Practices for Facilitation : 176 Tried-and-True Facilitation Practices 
  • Principles of Facilitation : The Purpose and Potential of Leading Group Process 
  • Facilitator’s Guide to Participatory Decision Making 
  • I See What You Mean: Graphic Facilitation Overview

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