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What are these boxes telling you?

The Value is in the Lines not the Boxes™. This phrase expresses one of the key aspects of The Architecture Paradigm™. In fact, it could be said that Architecture IS the relationships - the lines and not the boxes, the space between the boxes, the relationship of the lines to the spaces.

Another way to think of it is how the brain thinks (no pun intended). The brain is composed of “things” - neurons, and “relationships” - synapses. At birth your brain has about 86 billion neurons. It has been estimated that the brain of a three year old child as about thousand, thousand billion (1 quadrillion or 1015 ) synapses. By adulthood, although the brain increases in size by about five times, the number of neurons do not increase. Most of the growth is done by the growth of the synaptic connections - learning. Interestingly, in adulthood the number of synaptic connections falls through the process of Synaptic Pruning, stabilizing by adulthood from 1,000 thousand billion to around 100 to 500 thousand billion (trillion 1012) If anyone ever told you that Architecture was not brain surgery, maybe they should think again! So while the neurons (boxes) are important, it is the synapses (lines) that are much more important.

It is only when we add the lines, that the boxes make sense to us. Indeed, we could remove the boxes altogether, and the important information will still be visible.

It is also important to note that lines:

¨      Don’t necessarily have to be straight, as shown by #1.

¨      Don’t necessarily have to connect to a box at both ends, as shown by #2.

¨      Don’t necessarily have to connect to boxes at all, but may instead connect to other lines, as shown by #3.



Questions to ponder...

Do you agree that there is massive value in “the lines” vs “the boxes”?

What “lines” will you draw to allow you to see the value?

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