Three and a half Roses

  • Iceberg Diagram

    A very visual diagram, one that I really like because it is very visual, is the Iceberg Diagram.  It is used to explain that besides the visible items, one should also expect a lot of “hidden” ones. Things that you wouldn’t think of immediately. This diagram can be used to communicate to business people that… Continue reading

  • Interesting Azure Service Decision Trees

    We’ve documented the advantages of using Decision Trees in the past.  Here’re two interesting examples: choosing a candidate compute service. choosing a load balancer Both guide you to the service that best matches your needs, through a series of questions. Choosing a candidate compute service Azure like other cloud providers has a number of Compute… Continue reading

  • Option Comparison Heat map

    Another interesting diagram or table in this case is the Option Comparison Heat Map. One swift glance is all it takes for its readers to see where the weaknesses and the strength of every option lies.  As well as the reason for this weakness or strength.  And that’s where it differs from a Spider chart. … Continue reading

  • Interactive Azure vs AWS capablity & service map

    Last week we explained the advantages of Capability Maps, by demonstrating how such a capability map could help organize Azure’s capabilities in such a way that it becomes easier to find your way. In this installment, we look at an improved capability map that allows you to switch between an Azure and an AWS view… Continue reading

  • Capability Map: Azure Fundamental Services

    The capability map helps an architect to organize the technical or business capabilities of an organization into logical groupings and it gives the reader an instant overview of how these capabilities are fulfilled. We made an interactive capability map organizing fundamental services offered by the Azure Cloud. Continue reading

  • Affinity Diagrams

    The affinity diagram is another simple to I use tool to organize topics into logical categories.  It is very useful and easy to do during a brainstorm session in front of a whiteboard and typically is very efficient. You start by writing the subject of the brainstorm. Then write down all the items you can… Continue reading

  • Fishbone Diagrams

    Another great way to organize your ideas around problems in a structured way is the Ishikawa diagram, aka the Fishbone diagram because of its shape. Continue reading

  • Decision Trees

    We already covered the MECE list, the 5 Whys, and the PESTEL analysis.  Another great tool for getting to decisions in an organized way are the …uh… Decision Trees. Growing a Decision Tree is an iterative process.  If the tree becomes too complex you trim it,  if it is too simple you grow it another… Continue reading

  • 5 whys to get to the root cau

    Another interesting technique is the 5 why’s.  Many know this techniques from their children.  Child: why does so and so happen?  You: oh because of this and that… Child: Yes, but why then this? You again: well, because … and so on and so on Though sometimes it can be frustrating to have to keep… Continue reading

  • PESTEL analysis

    PEST (and the more complete PESTEL) analysis is an interesting way of looking at all things exerting influence on an organization.  OK, it’s just an acronym, still it helps looking at the bigger picture.  More than just the technology, or economy. Politics Economy Social Technology Environment Legal And if you remember the acronym DR. PESTEL,… Continue reading

About Me

As an experienced enterprise architect with a deep-rooted passion for cloud, AI, and architectural design, I’ve guided numerous companies through the management of their existing application landscapes and facilitated their transition to a future state.