Knowledge needed by Architects

Posted by Abhishek on January 04, 2020


A competent architect always has an intimate familiarity with the architectural body of knowledge. The software architect should

The Knowledge Areas that a Software Architects needs to know are:

Computer Science Knowledge

Specific Knowledge AreaExamples of Specific Knowledge
Knowledge of Architecture Concepts– Architecture Frameworks
– Architectural Patterns
– Architectural Tactics
– Architectural Viewpoints
– Standard Architectures
– Relation to System and Enterprise Architecture
– Architecture Description Languages
– Emerging Technologies
– Architecture Evaluation Models and Methods Quality Attributes
Knowledge of Software Engineering– Systems Engineering
– Software Development Life Cycle
– Software Process Management and Improvement Techniques
– Requirements Analysis
– Mathematics
– Development Methods and Modeling Techniques
– Elicitation Techniques
– Component-Based Software Development
– Reusable Methods and Techniques
– Software Product Line Techniques
– Documentation
– Testing and Debugging Tools
Design Knowledge– Different Tools and Design Techniques
– How to Design Complex Multi-Product Systems
– Object-Oriented Analysis and Design
– UML Diagrams
– UML Analysis Modeling
Programming Knowledge– Programming Languages
– Programming Language Models
– Specialized Programming Techniques for Security, Real-Time, etc

Knowledge of Technologies & Platforms

Specific Knowledge AreaExamples of Specific Knowledge
Knowledge of Specific Technologies and Platforms– Hardware/Software Interfaces
– Web-Based Applications
– Internet Technologies
– Specific Software/Operating Systems (such as RDBMS concepts, Cloud Platforms, and SOA implementations)
General Knowledge of Technologies and Platforms– IT Industry future directions
– Infrastructure Impacts on Applications

Knowledge about the Organization’s Context and Management

Specific Knowledge AreaExamples of Specific Knowledge
Domain Knowledge– Most Relevant Domain(s) and Domain-Specific Technologies
Industry Knowledge– Industry Best Practices
– Industry Standards
– How to work in onshore/offshore team environment
Enterprise Knowledge– Company’s Business Practices
– Competitor’s Products, Strategies, and Processes
– Business and Technical Strategy
– Business Re-Engineering Principles and Processes
– Strategic Planning
– Financial Models
– Budgeting
Leadership and Management Techniques– Coaching
– Mentoring
– Training Software Developers
– Project Management
– Project Engineering

Knowing the DUTIES, SKILLS, and KNOWLEDGE of Architects in a particular organizational setting can help establish measurement and improvement strategies for individual architects.

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