Books have always been a good way for me to put labels and context around my experiences. In answering a question about his book The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell mentions this as what he believes makes a good business book stand out from all others.
The best books always give us an opportunity to organize our experiences—to take what we know and give it shape and meaning and context. I’ve always said that we are all experience-rich and theory-poor. And to me the point of business books is to remedy that problem.
Quality attributes such as performance and scalability are among the attributes determined during architectural definition.
Whether or not a system will be able to exhibit its desired (or required) quality attributes is largely determined by the time the architecture is chosen.
– P. C. Clements and L. M. Northrup, “Software Architecture: An Executive Overview,” Technical Report No. CMU/SEI-96-TR-003, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, February, 1996.
As part of the process of moving things over from Tumblr, find one of my favorite quotes I’ve posted there below. I truly believe that the most critical education you receive in your profession depends upon the organizations you choose and the experiences you gain there.
“The management skills and intuition that enable people to succeed in new assignments were shaped through their experiences in previous assignments in their careers. A business unit therefore can be thought of as a school, and the problems that managers have confronted within it constitute the “curriculum” that was offered in that school. The skills that managers can be expected to have and lack, therefore, depend heavily upon which “courses” they did and did not take as they attended various schools of experience.”
– Clayton M. Christensen, Michael E. Raynor. The Innovator’s Solution: Creating and Sustaining Successful Growth (p. 179).
Over the course of the next few weeks, I’m going to be moving over some of the content in my Tumbr to this blog. It’s been a long time since I’ve written, and I’d like to start this up again. For now though, Happy 4th of July!