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Avoid accidental architecture using scrum

The CIO at my company often say really wise stuff, things that get me thinking (and I don’t say that because he’s one of my bosses since I don’t think he reads my blog). It not for nothing that he was voted CIO of the year in 2007 by CIO Sweden. I guess he’s not the only one who says this, but for me to hear this from a manager is music to my ears:

We must make decisions on architecture. Either the organization have decided on architecture, or the architecture just happen. And the result will be a really bad architecture.

Developers make decisions on architecture almost every day and if they have nothing to base their decision on, the architecture will just happen and be accidental.

In a scrum project where the stuff with the most business value always should be prioritized, it’s easy to select everything else but removing technical debt and introducing a better architecture. This is why you must not only discuss income but also removed costs when you talk about priority. Still it’s hard when the sales department stand banging on your door, demanding the stuff which makes your product the best in the world.

So, you need a strategic decision that we work on our architecture. And yes, we give it a budget, plan for it and execute the changes. Try including the why clause to the architectural items, so that you can argue for the items and get yourself educated.

During ordinary working time. Architecture being improved on someone’s free time is not an option for a serious business. For a team to be proud in their work, their need of good solutions must also be addressed. So, letting the team have their saying about what in the architecture needs refining is a good reward and recognition that you believe in them as competent team members.

So, now when I’ve perhaps sold the concept of putting the architectural stuff, I’ll leave the details on how you can do that to Boris Gloger. You don’t have to be a developer to read this excellent article and you need not be a manager, business guy at all.

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