Gregor Hohpe, an Enterprise Strategist for AWS, has an interesting series of posts entitled “Thinking Like An Architect”. Part one discusses how building architects can start with just a sketch, which nevertheless contains the essence of the final building. He noted that Frank O. Gehry’s initial sketch of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, looked like the image above. I can certainly see the essence in the final product:
How that relates to software architecture is what Hohpe explains here:
To eliminate the noise, you need to know what constitutes the essence. And that’s not much different from the ability to abstract - which turns out to be one of the major skills that architects should possess!
He then offers up one of his own IT sketches, to illustrate:
“…this sketch shares one approach to achieving hybrid cloud by pulling a common abstraction like Kubernetes over the respective environments,” he writes.
Thought-provoking post. Time to start writing on a napkin more!