Einstein was an Enterprise Architectposted by Anna Mar, 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?
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.
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.
Einstein the RebelThe 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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