Whilst identifying things is very important, what is an
order of magnitude more important is how those things are related.
Understanding how things relate allows us to ask questions of the information
more than just simple “give me a list of…” type questions. The negative aspect
of this is that the lines are much much harder to create and maintain than the
boxes, which probably goes a long way to explain why in general they are not.
The value that can be obtained and the difficulty in maintaining
the information increases because the number relationships (lines) between
things tends to increase in a polynomial fashion (using the formula n*(n-1)/2)
which is a fancy way of saying that while the number of things rises linearly,
the number of possible relationships (combinations – not permutations) between
them rises faster and faster.
In fact this also illustrates one of the problems with the
adoption of The Architecture Paradigm™. The red line could be thought of the
value that is created over time, which can be seen to be very low initially and
a good increase in value only happens later as the volume of information builds
up. In this world where management insatiably calls for the picking of low
hanging fruit and quick wins, anything that takes time to provide value tends
to be seen as worthless.