In early 1999, I co-authored a 3 days course on Architecture Best Practices, when I worked with CSC, together with Dave Denzler, an American colleague and good friend, as well as a coach, for Dave is about 10 years older than me, a real master in engineering and architecture as related to systems development, and a good instructor as well.
We piloted the course in May 1999, in Amsterdam, and had a class of 11 colleagues that came from 5 different countries. Cross fertilizing knowledge and experience, as the saying goes.
Needless to say that we had to update the course materials (as CSC still does on a regular basis) as architects have very stubborn minds, which is meant as a good point to take away from this narrative that I am writing here.
On the first evening the instructors and observers of the class witnessed a wonderful Thwarp ballet with music by Philip Glass, my first encountering with this composer.
Over the years, I have discovered that many architects like art and "good" music; architects are creative people.
Anyway, during the introductions at the start of the pilot, all participants were asked to mention their favorite book. Each one of them was given some time to mention the book and to entertain us by giving a few minutes of explanation of the underlying reasons.
I also remember that I registered all the book titles and that I acquired several of them (if not all). Of course, the Rechtin book was mentioned by me, for obvious reasons, as I discussed in another post of this weblog. One other book comes to mind that you will always find on my book shelves. It is called "Grooks" and was written by the Danish author Piet Hein in 1966. Grooks, as I was told at the time, are cartoons, supported with a little poem of wisdom, or aphorism. Thanks to my former colleague, Bo Klausen.
Tt's well to remember that Things Take Time. "T.T.T'
From this book I give you "T.T.T", as follows.
"Put up in a place
where it's easy to see
the cryptic admonishment"
"When you feel how depressingly
slowly you climb,
it's well to remember that
Things Take Time.
My list of books includes:
E. Rechtin ~ The art of systems architecting
P. Hein ~ Grooks
Gamma et al ~ Design Patterns
E. Dijkstra ~ A discipline of programming
D. Gause & G. Weinberg ~ Are your lights on
F. Brooks ~ The mythical manmonth
Bass, Clements, Kazan ~ Software architecture in practice
K. Dalkir ~ Knowledge Management in Theory and Practice
Vitruvius ~ The ten books on architecture
And this reminds me of a quotation from Goethe: "In der Beschraenkung zeigt sich der Meister", viz. "Masters of the trade are modest people". This is true for good architects as well.
And here is a video for you, Sam Cooke ~ Wonderful world.
Architects have books about the strangest topics which relates to their diversity.