Every architect needs a toolbox of skills and techniques to draw from to meet the challenges of the new digital economy. Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned professional, an enterprise architect, business architect, solution architect, IT architect, software architect, this course will introduce and reinforce the skills you need to be an effective architect.
The course consists of 6 modules. First, we’ll look at what architecture is, the foundations and principles of it, and the overall approach and skills. Then we’ll have a module on each of four fundamental skills. Critical thinking, challenging assumptions and bias. Modeling fundamentals of contextual, conceptual, logical, physical and formal models. Abstraction and the use of omission, composition, generalization and idealization. Visualization techniques for effective communications and the scientific principles of cognition. And finally, the secrets to success, enablement and stakeholder management. Tied all nicely together in a conclusion.
Throughout this course, you will gain an overview of the foundational architectural skills and concepts, including:
What is architecture?
What does an architect do?
What are the relevant skills for an architect?
What is architectural thinking and critical thinking?
How and when to use contextualization, conceptualization and formalization.
How to master the different types of abstraction.
Keys to effective visualization.
Which skills are most useful at each point in an architectural or project lifecycle?
Which skills should you focus on improving career goals? How do you improve them?
How can you be an architect that helps, rather than the person who says no?
What is architecture?
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Why follow this course?
The increasing importance of architecture in the digital economy has dramatically increased the need for skilled architects. Lack of formal skills training for new and emerging architects to address growing demand and rapid change, disruption, complexity, new business and operating models, new stakeholders, and new paradigms all make for a complicated world. How do we as architects ensure to fulfill our role as well as we did before these evolutions? This course will introduce and reinforce the foundational skills of the architecture role.
About the teacher
Consultant - Analyst - Architect - Technical Leader
I am Chief Scientist at Wilton Consulting Group, providing advice to IT and business leaders and architects on using architecture for digital transformation and improved decision making. I’m also a Founding Member and VP of the Business Architecture Guild.