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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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The Savage Pursuit of Best Practices

Many architects are pummeled by management (not leaders) with the idea that an organization should create initiatives that focus on the capture of best practices so others can benefit from them later. The mind-set that supports archiving these practices facilitates efficient problem solving, which leads over time to the way business should be conducted.

Of course, this goes against many agile approaches and is, in many ways, diametrically opposed to the agile manifesto of preferring interactions to comprehensive documentation. Solutions to business challenges are typically containerized by memorization of various “measures of goodness” (Booch) that also have embedded assumptions, nonpublic views of organizational ...

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