Sunday, February 3, 2013

drEAmtime - Archetypes

I am still not done with exploring the great post from Ivo Velitchkov in which many gems are to be found. My posts so far:

  1. drEAmtime - Communication
  2. drEAmtime - Bridging the Silo
  3. drEAmtime - Capability Cemetery 
  4. drEAmtime - EPIC SCAN
To quote Ivo:
But just when the situations seems really critical, the door opens with a kick and EA cowboys enter. They pull out frameworks and architecture tools from their holsters and in slow motion (a very slow motion), they shoot inefficiency after inefficiency until all of them lie dead on the floor. Then they walk out and go to shoot inefficiencies in some other town and when new inefficiencies appear in this town they come back again to kill them out.
Today it is a rather short reflection, but Ivo reminds me of a series I wanted to start and promised some time ago in my post May I Introduce The Enterprise Architect. The EA cowboy is indeed one of the archeypes I was thinking of, even though the title I have in mind is more the Enterprise Hero Architect. A very short prethinking here: The Enterprise Hero Architect is sometimes needed to fight the really big problems when it is actually already to late. And as Ivo describes he walks away when the enemy is defeated. There is some problems though, in most cases the hero is only capable of fighting the symptoms, but not the real root cause of the problem.

I (hopefully) will explore the various archetypes soon, at least I plan to. I have touched that concept in the EA Summerschool 2012, Copenhagen  and want to renew my promise here. So stay tuned. :)


  1. Enterprise HERO Architect:

    Hope: A belief in the ability to persevere toward goals and find the methods or paths to reach them
    Efficacy: The confidence that one can put forth the effort to affect outcomes.
    Resilience: The ability to bounce back in the face of adversity or failure
    Optimism: A generally positive view of work and the potential of success.

    Prefere the HERO over the Lonely Cowboy approach.

    1. Good one, shame that you stay anonymous though. :)