Architecting for Fitness using Complex Adaptive Systems

Fitness of complex adaptive systems (CAS) is an area of research that I have been studying over the last few years, specifically how these systems are structured and how they behave.    One of the characteristics of a CAS is that the rules that define its operation are relatively simple, elements can self-organize, but this lead to many outcomes due to…

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The New World of Emergent Architecture and Complex Adaptive Systems

Over the years, we architects have been taught to design systems that maintain equilibrium.   We designed for service levels, deployed security countermeasures, and built complicated solutions to meet 100% of our requirements.   We strove for perfection.   This mindset comes from the established manufacturing era of the last century where systems must be managed and controlled.   This Newtonian machine metaphor was revaluated…

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The Passionate Architect

“There is nothing more horrible than to walk to fault line between new and old, seeing what the future holds, screaming about it in your art and writing, and finding only mute incomprehension or dismissal in your audience.” – Joshua Cooper Ramos, The Age of the Unthinkable When I had read this quote over a…

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Moments of Crystallization, an Enterprise Architect’s Journey

The Journey This initial posting is to set up the practice of Zen and the Art of Enterprise Architecture.   I am often asked the question: “How did you become an Architect?”   Although many in the IT industry have taken the George Costanza approach and just slapped the title “architect” on their business card, I did not. I could discuss…

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