I'm currently on holiday. It's not much of a holiday admittedly, as it's doing development work. I thought I'd try "going back" to development for a bit as the project sounded interesting and it would give me a chance to experience being downstream of the architecture.
My expectations have been slightly confounded by the experience; people still treat me like an architect:
- fundamental decisions are still left to me
- I have to QA other team's work
- I remain a technical authority on other projects by virtue of my proximity rather than my ongoing involvement!
And I guess this makes sense - how I view my own role on a project may not correlate with how other people view my role. Titles mean very little in a cross-functional team.
So I suppose what I'm really experiencing is what it's like being downstream of no architecture. It's made me realise how dependent some projects are on architecture or, at least, an architect. It doesn't necessarily take a lot of architecture, or that much of an architect, but it is required nonetheless.