We have some exciting, new changes happening within the Iasa chapters or communities. No longer will it be a top-down approach when it comes to the policy, budget and directional decisions, but an individual chapter decision, or better, an Iasa Deutschland decision.
We have dozens of chapters around the world, we have a living breathing body of knowledge which defines an effective architecture practice and is focused on the people over the process. We have developed a certification which is internationally renowned. We have developed a website which is already providing serious insights into practice and trends and has the potential of becoming the primary resource for practicing architects.
But with all of that, there is still much to be done. Organizations still define architecture independently. They still do not use an independent and skill based certification for hiring. The average architect cannot tell you what a good security architecture looks like. There is no place to download the templates, techniques and tools for the average architecture task. The vendor community still unduly influences purchasing decisions, and most importantly, architect teams still struggle to define their value to their stakeholders.
We can do better in community, certification, engagement and sharing knowledge of best practice. This profession still has no muscle memory nor a complete career path on which new architects can depend. We can change that together. We can build a better practice. We can build true mentoring. We can capture reusable success patterns and share those amongst the world. We can proclaim our commitment to ethics in practice and enforce that through certification and continued education. We can run programs that change the world.
And to make all of that happen cohesively, we need people. An opportunity for the people who deal with the pain points on a daily basis to assist in making the decisions, and creating the best practices which will have a direct effect on your fellow architects. Consider joining the people who are affecting change within your profession. We need strong leaders who are willing to help architecture evolve; who are up to the challenge of crafting the future. Contact the group coordinator, Jennifer King, if you’re ready to define the future of this profession.