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Manage It! by Johanna Rothman

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Tip 15Beware of PowerPoint Architects

I’ve worked on several projects where the architect was like a seagull. He swooped in, dumped a lot of poop in the form of PowerPoint pictures of the architecture, and left as soon as possible. He didn’t stick around for the hard part of the project: making the product work in this architecture or evolving the architecture so that the product could work by the time of release.[25]

Not every project requires an architect. If you have no architect, your sponsors should recognize that your team needs time to assess the architecture and see what patterns are emerging.

It’s possible to have an architect who acts as a consultant to the project. It is harder when you have a consultant-architect—Murphy’s law ...

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