According to alibabcloud “An architectural diagram is a diagram of a system that is used to abstract the overall outline of the software system and the relationships, constraints, and boundaries between components.” Components are commonly understood to be discrete, tangible, and bounded resources that provide value to a system.
Architecture is a discipline. It is also a device that assists in thinking and communication. As the latter, Architecture deals with the static and dynamic structure of an overall system through models constructed of defined components, their external features and relationships.
Drawings are one of the oldest and most straightforward ways we represent things, real or imaginary. Naturally, they are the heart of architectural thinking and modelling. They define and transmit the model. So, diagramming well is a critical ability for an architect.
Most architects prefer just to draw some closed shapes and connect them with arrows to express their structures. While this is natural, if it is not done well it has wide and long-lasting downsides for the entire solution, the people and organisations involved. The quality should not vary drastically by who is drawing the picture.
In the attached paper and template, I have put down a framework to produce clear, compelling and consistent architecture diagrams, both as a way of thinking and a technique. It is the learning distilled from creating 2038 varied architecture diagrams to date and counting.
Please feel free to apply it and share your practitioner feedback. We will make it better together. If you have any questions or need some more samples, I am only a line away on LinkedIn or at quality-thinking.com. Always glad to help!
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