July 2008 Entries
The MOST acronym for strategy planning

I came across an interesting acronym called MOST – Mission, Objectives, Strategies, and Tactics.  Original source -

MOST helps to clarify where the business intends to go (Mission), they key goals which will help to achieve this (Objectives), analyses what options there are for proceeding forward (Strategies) and how these strategies are going to be put into action (Tactics).

The key is for this whole process to hang together from top to bottom and in reverse. From the top, clarifying the mission drives the objectives, which creates strategic options, which forces tactical actions. From the bottom, every action at tactical level should help to make the strategies work, all strategies should help to achieve the objectives, and all the objectives should take the business towards the mission.

I like easy to remember heuristic acronyms.  My three favorite acronyms are KISS, YAGNI and BYOB.
posted @ Sunday, July 20, 2008 3:36 PM | Feedback (362)
Crazy Architects

Pest control is a constant battle especially if you live in Florida.  A few months ago, while tending the lawn I noticed several ants.  I promptly called the pest control service.  I learned later that the ants are known as crazy ants (Paratrechina longicornis) and common in Florida.  The name "crazy ant" arises from its characteristics of erratic, rapid movement and not following trails as often as other ants while foraging for food.


Similar to the characteristics of crazy ants, the term crazy architect describes an antipattern of enterprise architects.  Instead of foraging for food, crazy architects forage for information in an erratic, rapid and seemingly irrational way.  The crazy architect antipattern is typical of an architecture team that does not prescribe to an architectural framework and follow architecture processes. 


Are you a crazy architect?  If so, you are not alone.   Let’s face it; you have to be a bit crazy to be an architect.

posted @ Saturday, July 12, 2008 4:33 AM | Feedback (104)