I was reminded last week of the need to simplify through organization. A client had the usual EA documentation – masses and masses of diagrams, slides, documents – all in a glorious muddle. A simple classification scheme started to turn the mess into something more useful and reusable.
Here is lesson #56 from 101 Lessons From EA:
It is easier to manage if you can keep things as simple as possible.
Group similar things together.
Use the same format and structure for items that are of a similar type.
Arrange information hierarchically.
Review materials and simplify them.
All of these help to keep things simple.
Source: 101 Lessons From Enterprise Architecture, by Roger Evernden
101 Lessons describes common-sense things about EA that can easily get overlooked or forgotten. Each insight uses a two-page format – a brief explanation and an illustration highlighting the key points in a whimsical or diagrammatic way.
The inspiration for writing this book was the best-selling, 101 Things I Learned In Architecture School, by Matthew Frederick.