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Practical Guide to Enterprise Architecture, A by Elias K. Jo, Vikas Sharan, James Linn, Michael E. Stevens, Scott W. Ambler, James McGovern

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Are Other Architecture Approaches Agile?

We described the Zachman Framework, the OMGs, Model-Driven Achitecture (MDA), and the Unified Modeling Language (UML) in Chapter 5. Are these approaches agile? This is actually a trick question because the answer depends on how you choose to implement them. Each of these techniques makes it really easy to overcomplicate your modeling efforts, to make them harder than they need to be, and to motivate you to write more documentation than you really need. For example, you can apply the artifacts of the UML in a very agile manner, something that agile modeling aptly demonstrates, or you can apply them in an incredibly dysfunctional manner. You could easily apply the principles and practices of AM to the Zachman ...

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