Why Great Architectures Fail and Adequate Architectures Succeed?

Presentation by Dr. Paul Montgomery
Tuesday, April 13, 2010

6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Dinner and Business Meeting
7:00 – 7:10 p.m. Introduction
7:10 – 7:25 p.m. Tutorial Preview by Dr. Steven Dam
7:25 – 7:55 p.m. Presentation by Dr. Paul Montgomery
7:55 – 8:00 p.m. Closing

Brio Tuscan Grille
Tysons Corner Mall
7854L Tysons Corner Center
McLean, VA 22102

When system “enterprise” architects embark on the design of an improved architecture design, their charter is generally clear, “Develop a significant improvement in the architecture status quo in order to improve characteristics of the enterprise”. The path to the new value-added architecture design, however, is not so clear. The Systems Engineering (SE) architecture design process is, in fact, fraught with entanglements that often go beyond classic architecture design and, left unattended, will spell the demise of even the most elegant design. This topic discusses those entanglements, companion enablers, and frustrating disablers that must be considered during architecture development as evidenced by this architect’s journey with four successful architectural epochs in the NRO ground processing enterprise from 1996 to 2007. This talk expands the classic SE architecture development technical discussion with “realities”, pitfalls, and challenges of the SE architect.

Author Biography:
Dr. Paul Montgomery served as US Navy Cryptologist from 1970-1990 and subsequently entered industry developing surveillance signal processing systems for the national and tactical communities. After developing systems for Raytheon, he joined Northrop Grumman (TASC) in 1996 to support the NRO ground processing engineering activities. He was the lead contractor architect for four ground processing architecture developments in the NRO organization responsible for the development, operations, and sustainment of the ground, signal processing element of the NRO enterprise. He is currently an Associate Professor of Systems Engineering at the US Naval Postgraduate School. He education background includes BSEE (Auburn U), MSEE (Naval Postgraduate School), and D.Sc. (Systems Engineering – George Washington U). He is on the Board of Directors of the INCOSE WMA Chapter as Secretary.

Cost for dinner is $20 for members and $25 non-members. Reservations are strongly encouraged.