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  • Nithin Janardhanan

The Role of an IT Architect: Balancing Likability, Risk Management, and Leadership



In the world of IT architecture, there is often a delicate balance between making decisions that are well-liked by stakeholders, mitigating future risks, and exhibiting strong leadership qualities. While it may be tempting to prioritize likability, it is ultimately the responsibility of an IT architect to take great decisions, avoid future risks, and exhibit leadership qualities.

As an IT architect with several years of experience, I have learned the importance of managing technical risk and have developed strategies to ensure project success. One such strategy involved creating a comprehensive list of potential risks, categorizing them, and color-coding them to provide a quick overview of the project's potential pain points. This not only helped me to identify and address risks early on but also made it easier to communicate those risks to stakeholders.


However, managing technical risk is only part of the job. As an IT architect, it is also important to be likable and communicate effectively with stakeholders. Effective communication is crucial to ensuring everyone is on the same page. Additionally, an IT architect needs to exhibit strong leadership qualities, such as decision-making and problem-solving abilities. They need to be able to take ownership of the project and make informed decisions that align with the organization's goals and priorities.

To strike the balance between likability, risk management, and leadership, IT architects must develop a strong understanding of the business context in which they operate. This means understanding the goals and priorities of the organization, as well as the needs of stakeholders. By keeping this big picture in mind, architects can make decisions that are both well-informed and well-received.


Ultimately, it is the role of the IT architect to ensure that technical decisions align with business goals and priorities while also managing technical risk. This requires a balance of technical expertise, communication skills, strong leadership qualities, and a thorough understanding of the business context. By striking this balance, IT architects can help ensure project success and deliver long-term value to their organizations.


In my own experience, I have found that being proactive in identifying and addressing technical risks, while also communicating effectively with stakeholders, and exhibiting strong leadership qualities has been a key factor in project success. By doing so, I have been able to deliver value to my organization while also building strong relationships with stakeholders.

In conclusion, the role of an IT architect is not just about making likable decisions or managing technical risks but also about exhibiting strong leadership qualities and decision-making skills. By developing a strong understanding of the business context, being proactive in identifying and addressing risks, and exhibiting strong leadership qualities, IT architects can help deliver value to their organizations while also building strong relationships with stakeholders.


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