A couple of years ago, Phillippe Krutchen ‘reinterpreted’ the Tao Te Ching of Lao-Tsu for Software Architects (link).  I saw it again recently and I have some new appreciation for the things I saw there. 

I most enjoyed this bit.  (Note that the number is a reference to the original Tao tablet that PK used when creating his interpretation.)  It strongly supports the concept that I most believe in: Adoption is the Most Important Attribute of an Architect.

The architect is content
to serve as an example
and not to impose his will.
He is pointed, but doesn’t pierce.
Straightforward, but supple.
Radiant, but easy on the eyes. (58)

If you want to be a great leader,
stop trying to control.
Let go of fixed plans and concepts and
the team will govern itself.
The more prohibitions you have,
the less disciplined the team will be.
The more coercion you exert,
the less secure the team will be.
The more external help you call,
the less self-reliant the team will be. (57)

By Nick Malik

Former CIO and present Strategic Architect, Nick Malik is a Seattle based business and technology advisor with over 30 years of professional experience in management, systems, and technology. He is the co-author of the influential paper "Perspectives on Enterprise Architecture" with Dr. Brian Cameron that effectively defined modern Enterprise Architecture practices, and he is frequent speaker at public gatherings on Enterprise Architecture and related topics. He coauthored a book on Visual Storytelling with Martin Sykes and Mark West titled "Stories That Move Mountains".

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