I found a great blog entry today by Frank Kelly called How to spot the dreaded non-coding architect (NCA), which is about some of the differences between architects that can code and architects that can't (or don't). Since this site is about "coding the architecture", I thought you might find it interesting too.
These NCA folks can be really quite dangerous and give dev teams a bad name ... But how can you spot one? For most developers it's pretty easy but just in case you can't I've compiled a list of example scenarios that should help - comparing the often dogmatic attitude of the NCA with the pragmatism of the experienced Coding Architect (CA).
Recommended reading and a little humour to brighten up your Monday.
Simon is an independent software development consultant specialising in software architecture; specifically technical leadership, communication and lightweight, pragmatic approaches to software architecture. He is the author of two books about software architecture; Software Architecture for Developers (a developer-friendly guide to software architecture, technical leadership and the balance with agility) and The Art of Visualising Software Architecture (a guide to communicating software architecture with sketches, diagrams and the C4 model). Simon lives in Jersey (the largest of the Channel Islands) and regularly speaks to audiences around the world. You can find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrown.