Concepts of Pace Layering in System Design

Archived Published: 28 November 2011 ID: G00223857

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This document introduces and extends the pace layer concept for IT professionals.

Table of Contents

  • Synopsis
  • Analysis
    • Some Background: Frank Duffy and Stewart Brand
    • Pace Layering as a Portfolio Analysis Technique
    • Pace Layering as a Fractal Concept
      • "Rapid Change" Depends on Your Point of View
      • Relationships Among Layers
    • Connective Tissue
      • Managing Technical Debt
      • Connectivity Within and Between Layers
      • Cross-Context Connectivity
    • Connecting Partners
    • Recommendations
      • Identify the Decisions That Will Benefit From Pace Layers
      • Pay Attention to Movement and How It Affects Others
      • Do Not Become Fixated Solely on the Rate of Change
      • Use the Gartner for Technical Professionals Reference Architecture to Evaluate Connective Tissues
  • Conclusion
  • Recommended Reading
  • Notes
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