We also gave a webinar about the subject. Click here to watch the replay and download the slides.
These days, architects are far from being locked away in an ivory tower. As an integral part of the organization, the architect is increasingly taking on a leading role, and with that come new expectations. This requires a combination of technical and soft skills on a level that wasn’t necessary before. As the success of an architecture’s practice soars or fizzles depending on the individuals leading it, knowing what competences to look for in new employees or nurture in existing ones is key. At XPLUS, we’ve determined ten must-haves that we’ll share with you in this blog.
We’ve divided our model into four parts: core, how, interaction, and engagement. ‘Core’ deals with the essentials skills that no architect can do without. ‘How’ pertains to the manner in which you do your work. As the word suggests, ‘interaction’ is all about how you work together with others. Finally, ‘engagement’ is all about how flexible and empathic you are. We divide these levels further into ten competences which together form a well-rounded architect.
Within the core level, we have three competences:
‘How’ compromises three skills that an architect should have in their individual toolbox:
As we alluded to earlier, architecture doesn’t happen on an island separate from the rest of the company. So the architect also needs to be able to work and interact with others.
Two final competences comprise the engagement level that determine how you fit in the organization:
While you need to take these skills into account during the hiring process, it’s not necessary for every candidate to have all of them right away. The potential to acquire these competences is just as important. At XPLUS, we use the Dreyfus model to measure proficiency in the above. The model’s five stages – novice, knowledgeable, skilled, master, and expert – are then used to shape growth trajectories that will eventually see all architects equipped with the right skills to lead.
If you want to know more about leading as an architect, the above competencies, and how to nurture them in yourself and your current and future teams, be sure to watch our webinar below.
On 4 December 2020, we talked with experts about the increasing expectation for architects to take on a leading role during a webinar. The following people shared their insights on this interesting and engaging topic.
Henrik van Bruggen (Head of Enterprise Architecture and IT innovation at ING Banking) presented his experience of the increasing expectations for leadership among architects, and explained the challenges involved in developing the skills that architects need to meet these expectations.
Jan Wilmaers (Enterprise Architect at XPLUS) shared his insights on an architect’s skills as a set of verifiable competences that can be developed.
Laurent Cornet (Enterprise Architect lead at XPLUS) discussed some essential practicable tools as stepping stones on an architect’s path to leadership.
And finally, Leo Slegers (Enterprise Architect at ING Group) looked at how to train and coach an organization for effective architectural decision-making.
Couldn’t make it to the live session? No worries, you can watch the replay of this session here and download the slide decks too.