Systems Architecting: A Business Perspective

Gerrit Muller
published by: CRC Press
ISBN: 9781439847626
Publication Date: September 01, 2011
Number of Pages: 254

Binding(s): Hardback

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Course Material as PowerPoint Slides

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Chapter 1 Process and Organization
Chapter 2 Role and Task of the Systems Architect
Chapter 3 From Customer Understanding to Requirements
Chapter 4 Systems Architect Methods and Means
Chapter 5 Strategy
Chapter 6 Harvesting Synergy, Product Families
Chapter 7 Supporting Processes
Chapter 8 Systems and Software
Chapter 9 Boardroom Presentation
Chapter 10 Human Side
Chapter 11 Reflection and Wrap-Up
All Exercises

Table of Content

Chapter 1 Process and Organization1
1.1 Process Decomposition of a Business1
1.2 Intermezzo: What Is a Process?5
1.3 Product Creation Process8
1.4 Intermezzo: The Importance of Feedback19
1.5 The Systems Architecting Process22
1.6 Intermezzo: Products, Projects, Services25
Chapter 2 Role and Task of the Systems Architect31
2.1 The Awakening of a Systems Architect31
2.2 Intermezzo: Systems Titles and Roles34
2.3 The Role and Task of the Systems Architect37
2.4 Intermezzo: Dynamic Range of Abstraction Levels in Architectin42
2.5 Architecting Interaction Styles47
Chapter 3 From Customer Understanding to Requirements51
3.1 CAFCR+: A Model to Relate Customer Needs to System Realization51
3.2 Fundamentals of Requirements54
3.3 Key Driver How to59
3.4 Requirements Elicitation and Selection63
Chapter 4 Systems Architect Methods and Means69
4.1 Intermezzo: The Toolbox of the Systems Architect69
4.2 Basic Working Methods of an Architect77
4.3 Story How to91
Chapter 5 Strategy99
5.1 Intermezzo: Business Strategy–Methods, and Models99
5.2 Roadmapping104
5.3 Intermezzo: Change Management–Introducing Systems Architecting Aspects112
5.4 Market Product Life-Cycle Consequences for Architecting116
<Chapter 6 Harvesting Synergy, Product Families121
6.1 Product Families and Generic Aspects121
6.2 A Method to Explore Synergy between Products133
Chapter 7 Supporting Processes141
7.1 Systems Architects and Supporting Processes141
7.2 Granularity of Documentation143
7.3 Intermezzo: LEAN and A3 Approach to Supporting Processes150
Chapter 8 Systems and Software155
8.1 The Role of Software in Systems155
8.2 System Integration: How to161
Chapter 9 Boardroom Presentation175
9.1 Intermezzo: Architect versus Manager; the Tense Relation175
9.2 How to Present Architecture Issues to Higher Management179
Chapter 10 Human Side187
10.1 The Human Side of Architecting187
10.2 Function Profiles: The Sheep with Seven Legs191
10.3 Interpersonal Skills199
10.4 Teamwork201
Chapter 11 Reflection and Wrap-Up211
11.1 Reflection Applied on Systems Architecting211
11.2 Wrap-Up213
Pictorial Index219


This book is based on the Course Systems Architecting taught at Philips from 1999 until 2008. The same material has been used: Much of the material has also been published as Works In Progress on the Gaudi site.