All complex systems grow from smaller systems that work in the first place; all complex systems will fail, in one way or another. Between the small and the large, between the perfect and the flawed, there is some person or persons who had a vision for the shape of things to come. We call such people “architects.” From IEEE Software’s Issue No. 01 — Jan./Feb. 2012
About Grady Booch
Grady Booch is a Chief Scientist of Software Engineering at IBM. He is recognized internationally for improving the art and the science of software development and has served as architect and architectural mentor for numerous complex software-intensive systems around the world. The author of six best-selling books and several hundred articles on computing, he has lectured on topics as diverse as software methodology and the morality of computing. He is an IBM Fellow, an IEEE Fellow, an ACM Fellow, a World Technology Network Fellow, and a Software Development Forum Visionary.