This is the fantastic piece of excerpts I gotta from one architecture website…so relevant bits for me….
I just have to share Charlie’s response to my “seeds” piece:
“It is an architects’ job to be a systems thinker, a bridge builder, a diplomat, and a change agent. One interesting thing is that many hiring managers don’t quite understand this. They see an architect as a senior technical leader of a small development team. As a result, the architect can easily find him/herself in a position of little leverage. Archimedes said, “Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.” There’s a third, unstated phrase in this quote – the position of the fulcrum. If it is too far from the object and too close to your hands, you can’t use the lever to move anything.”
Charlie Alfred, personal email, 2/13/08
The lever image is such a helpful one! We have to help our managers understand where that fulcrum needs to be placed!