The idea to this post came on a completely normal tuesday evening and I am reading an old book I found in my book case. The book is a small summary of Einsteins General and Special theory on approximately 150 pages.
This is for sure a book that take some time to read. Not because it’s complicated, oppositely it’s quite simple. But it ´surprise me how much of the mechanisms in universe he describe, that actually is a kind of building stones for the humanitys unique ability to percept, learn and do better. Problems that can take another mamal dozen of generations to learn, by selective inheritance of genome (because weakness is naturally passed out) can be learned overnight by a human.
Okey, thank’s for the anthropology – What’s the IT deal in this?
I want you to read this paragraph in the book. This book is in Swedish, so I will give it word by word in Swedish. Than later amateur-translate it myself to english.
This is just one of many samples in this book, where this particular one is more simple to relate to in everyday events.
In this very moment, I want to emphasize Einsteins focus on that perception of the events lie in how different actors percept the same object. And what differences they recognize. On top of this, the different mechanisms and theories he need to invoke and describe to proof what each actor recognize.
So it came clear for me in parallel to this reading, and the reason to this post: This is exactly what defining and documenting an IT architecture is about.
Let’s take some similaries. IT architecture
- is a moving object in it’s space
- have different actors
- properties that have different impact based on actors (and the changes in it’s space)
Conclusions from the perspectives that Einstein are keen of
- You take a viewpoint, for instance Kruchten 4+1 and define useful perspectives for the audience.
- On the perspectives, you define views. The sample from Einstain define two perspectives, one is the pedestrian. The other is yourself, looking from the train wagon.
- The views is those who require Einstein become scientific in his answer. Here is also where our competence make most sense.
- To describe what happen.
- Why it happen.
- What objects is related.
- Why are they related.
- Is there other processes or views adjacent to this?
- But not mentioned here, that have impact?
- ..and so on.
I would not use this post to convince you that Einstein discovered the methodology of Viewpoints. It’s just a populistic way for me to tell you the importance and impact that viewpoints have. IT architecture could actually be seen as an organism, hosted as technology but driven by human. Some mechanisms is simply related to how humanity is hosting earth, and earth is driven by laws of universe,
I also want to to point out how Einsteins mastering the super clear viewpoint – perspective – views methodology all over the book. It has help change the view and understanding of the world building blocks for hundreds of millions of peoples over the world.
Can viewpoints together with such clear views change the understading for hundreds of thousends of IT systems around the world? Of course, yes! and yes again. It’s already doing so by some, for the rest: Let’s study! Once you master the methodology and have experience to define relevant viewpoints, it will be much easier to concentrate on how to provide the best scientific (or exact) fact to the views.
And some links;
Take a help by IASA Globals evolving of Kruchter:
Context Describes the relationships, dependencies, and interactions between the system and its environment (the people, systems, and external entities with which it interacts). Many architecture descriptions focus on views that model the system’s internal structures, data elements, interactions, and operation.
Einsteins General and the Gpecial theory:
It was first published in German in 1916 and later translated into English in 1920. It is divided into 3 parts, the first dealing with special relativity, the second dealing with general relativity and the third dealing with considerations on the universe as a whole.