To avoid temptations and reduce distractions, we put a “wall” around the architectural team so they can make rapid and efficient progress is key to efficiency.
Keeping track of product priorities and developer concerns, is critical to the success of the project. We establish open communication between developers, project managers, and the architecture team to ensure systems will be planned AND executed cohesively.
We have found that reducing risk is critical to keep projects on task and on schedule. Technical risks can often be curtailed when the architect maintains direct contact with customers, keeping them educated and resulting in a team that is informed of market directions.
The key purpose of architecture is to facilitate team communication and understanding. In software development methodologies, reducing risk is also achieved by encouraging communication between various contacts and roles within a project, and involving business leadership in the development and implementation of the enterprise architecture.