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Speaking CTO

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CTOs and chief architects are busy people. But if you bring value, they will have time for you.

Don’t hire a digital hitman

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A classic movie recipe has a seemingly law-abiding person hire someone from the underworld to do unpleasant work for them. And it all goes predictably and awfully wrong. Don’t let the same happen in your IT transformation!

Showing the pirate ship leads to better decision making

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Architecture diagrams tend to show all the individual parts rather than illustrating the system’s key purpose. Inverting this not only produces more expressive diagrams, it also improves decision making.

Failure doesn’t respect abstraction.

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The key mechanism to tackle ever increasing complexity is abstraction, such as frameworks or interfaces. Some things, however, can’t be abstracted away.