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Einstein was an Enterprise Architect

        posted by , August 04, 2011

What if Albert Einstein had been an Enterprise Architect? It would have been a great loss for physics — but what insight would he have had about EA?

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Many Einstein quotations map well to architectural principles, patterns and anti-patterns:

If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.
Patterns: Big Boxes, Encapsulation

Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.
Anti-patterns: Sales Oriented EA, Resume Oriented Architecture

A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be.
Anti-Patterns: Ivory Tower, Politically Oriented Architecture

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex... It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.
Pattern: KISS
Anti-pattern: Over Customization
Principle: Minimum Feature Set

A perfection of means, and confusion of aims, seems to be our main problem.
Pattern: Ask Why

A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.
Principles: Quality First, Continuous Improvement

The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.
Principle: Service Abstraction

We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.
Patterns: Out-of-the-box Thinking
Anti-patterns: Silver Bullet, Vendor Lock-in

Concern for man and his fate must always form the chief interest of all technical endeavours. Never forget this in the midst of your diagrams and equations.
Trade-offs: Automation vs Collaboration, Security vs Freedom, Innovation vs Standardization

Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count; everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted.
Anti-patterns: Be Careful What You Measure, ROI for EA

Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them.
Anti-pattern: The Sinking Enterprise Architect

It should be possible to explain the laws of physics to a barmaid.
Anti-pattern: Jargon

Einstein the Rebel

The following Einstein quotes do not map well to accepted principles of Enterprise Architecture.

I never think of the future - it comes soon enough.

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.

Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal.


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