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Should we consider a custom system architecture design?

Does architecture matter when crafting a project plan?

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Absolutely. "Vanilla" or non-customized system architecture design approaches are much easier to configure, test and ultimately deploy. Creative configurations that call for "spaghetti architecture" (such as two of the case studies in my book Why New Systems Fail: Theory and Practice Collide) are much more costly, difficult to test and likely to have unforeseen consequences and issues. As a general rule, increasing the number of customizations in a system architecture design increases the time and/or resources needed for the project to be successful.

This was first published in June 2009

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