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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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Agile Documents

The supplementary AM practices of Discard Temporary Models, Update Only When It Hurts, and Formalize Contract Models support the concept of agile documentation. A document is agile when it meets the following criteria:

  • It maximizes stakeholder investment. The benefit provided by an agile document is greater than the investment in its creation and maintenance. Ideally, the investment made in that documentation was the best option available for those resources. In other words, no better approach was available to you.

  • It is “lean and mean.”. An agile document contains just enough information to fulfill its purpose. It is as simple as it can possibly be.

  • It describes “good things to know.”. Agile documents capture critical information ...

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