Soft Skills All Business Architects Need
As the field of Architecture grows and the number of practitioners increases, the need to establish the competency of the Architect is greater than ever. In this course, we will introduce you to some of the key soft skills needed and share some simple, practical tools you can take back to your organization.
Participants will have opportunities throughout the session to practice using these tools in a context relevant to the worlds of Enterprise, Business, Information, and Technology Architecture. The following list outlines the fundamentals of an effective, holistic approach to Business Architecture.
The work of an architect is challenging indeed. It requires a strong set of analytical and organizational skills and tools. But it also requires one to be able to navigate an organization to find the right people, engage them in the effort and then tap their thinking and understanding. It requires the ability to bring together people with different views to create shared views. Simply put, the architect must be able to lead people to be successful.
What are “soft skills”? This term is often associated with a set of behaviors and traits that relate to an individual’s ability to interact with other people, whether it be one-on-one or in a group. Examples of soft skills include: communications, team building, and conflict resolution. In many organizations, soft skills are contexted by the culture and desired behaviors of the organization. Soft skills are contrasted with “hard skills” that describe capabilities needed to perform tasks, such as industry expertise and process knowledge.
We’ve observed over the years that the soft skills are just as important, perhaps even more important, than the hard skills. An architect may have mastered the process, tools, and templates for developing architectures. However, it’s impossible to develop an architecture in a vacuum. Without the necessary interpersonal skills, the architect will not be successful in engaging the right people, understanding their perspectives, and then building a framework that will be purposefully used by the organization.
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