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Enhance Your Solution Architecture Practices

Ensure your software systems solution is architected to reflect stakeholders’ short- and long-term needs.

  • In today’s world, business agility is essential to stay competitive. Quick responses to business needs through efficient development and deployment practices is critical for business value delivery.
  • A mature solution architecture practice is the basic necessity for a business to have technical agility.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

Don’t architect for normal situations. That is a shallow approach and leads to decisions that may seem “right” but will not be able to stand up to system elasticity needs.

Impact and Result

  • Understand the different parts of a continuous security architecture framework and how they may apply to your decisions.
  • Develop a solution architecture for upcoming work (or if there is a desire to reduce tech debt).

Enhance Your Solution Architecture Practices Research & Tools

1. Solution Architecture Practices Deck – A deck to help you develop an approach for or validate existing solution architecture capability.

Translate stakeholder objectives into architecture requirements, solutions, and changes. Incorporate architecture quality attributes in decisions to increase your architecture’s life. Evaluate your solution architecture from multiple views to obtain a holistic perspective of the range of issues, risks, and opportunities.

2. Solution Architecture Template – A template to record the results from the exercises to help you define, detail, and make real your digital product vision.

Identify and detail the value maps that support the business, and discover the architectural quality attribute that is most important for the value maps. Brainstorm solutions for design decisions for data, security, scalability, and performance.


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Module 1: Vision and Value Maps

The Purpose

  • Document a vision statement for the solution architecture practice (in general) and/or a specific vision statement, if using a single project as an example.
  • Document business architecture and capabilities.
  • Decompose capabilities into use cases.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Provide a great foundation for an actionable vision and goals that people can align to.
  • Develop a collaborative understanding of business capabilities.
  • Develop a collaborative understanding of use cases and personas that are relevant for the business.

Activities

Outputs

1.1

Develop vision statement.

  • Solution Architecture Template with sections filled out for vision statement canvas and value maps
1.2

Document list of value stream maps and their associated use cases.

1.3

Document architectural quality attributes needed for use cases using SRME.

Module 2: Continue Vision and Value Maps, Begin Phase 2

The Purpose

  • Map value stream to required architectural attributes.
  • Prioritize architecture decisions.
  • Discuss and document data architecture.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • An understanding of architectural attributes needed for value streams.
  • Conceptual understanding of data architecture.

Activities

Outputs

2.1

Map value stream to required architectural attributes.

  • Solution Architecture Template with sections filled out for value stream and architecture attribute mapping; a prioritized list of architecture design decisions; and data architecture
2.2

Prioritize architecture decisions.

2.3

Discuss and document data architecture.

Module 3: Continue Phase 2, Begin Phase 3

The Purpose

  • Discuss security and threat assessment.
  • Discuss resolutions to threats via security architecture decisions.
  • Discuss system’s scalability needs.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Decisions for security architecture.
  • Decisions for scalability architecture.

Activities

Outputs

3.1

Discuss security and threat assessment.

  • Solution Architecture Template with sections filled out for security architecture and scalability design
3.2

Discuss resolutions to threats via security architecture decisions.

3.3

Discuss system’s scalability needs.

Module 4: Continue Phase 3, Start and Finish Phase 4

The Purpose

  • Discuss performance architecture.
  • Compile all the architectural decisions into a solutions architecture list.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • A complete solution architecture.
  • A set of principles that will form the foundation of solution architecture practices.

Activities

Outputs

4.1

Discuss performance architecture.

  • Solution Architecture Template with sections filled out for performance and a complete solution architecture
4.2

Compile all the architectural decisions into a solutions architecture list.

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Guided Implementation #1 - Identify vision and value maps
  • Call #1 - Articulate an architectural vision.
  • Call #2 - Discuss value stream mapping and related use cases.
  • Call #3 - Continue discussion on value stream mapping and related use cases.

Guided Implementation #2 - Document multi-purpose data and security architecture
  • Call #1 - Continue discussion on value stream mapping and related use cases.
  • Call #2 - Map the value streams to required architectural attribute. Create a prioritized list of architectural attributes.

Guided Implementation #3 - Upgrade your systems availability
  • Call #1 - Document security design decisions.
  • Call #2 - Document scalability design decisions. Document performance design decisions.
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