Apr 092012

Admiral Adama: In your opinion, off the record, what was Garner’s flaw?
Major Lee Adama: He was used to working with machines. Command is about people.
- Battlestar Galactica Episode “The Captain’s Hand”

A couple weeks ago I found that Netflix was providing every episode of the Battlestar Galactica series online. While I was watching it (and enjoying it thoroughly I might add), the above quote stuck with me. The quote refers to an episode in which an engineer is promoted to commander of a ship, and his command turns out to be quick and unsuccessful. The quote got me thinking about being an architect, and how often people promoted from the ranks of programmers into architects have the same problem. Sure, architecture requires a good understanding of technology, but understanding people can be much more crucial. Continue reading »