Solutions architect

The solution architect’s toolkit for effortless documentation

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A solutions architect is crucial to align a company’s business goals with its IT services and software products. One of the most important aspects of this role is communicating with technical and non-technical audiences alike—which is no small task. 

Because of those demanding communication needs, documentation plays an essential role in a solution architect’s daily workflow. But it’s difficult to convey complex processes and systems in a digestible format. 

That’s why we created this template toolkit for solution architects. With Lucid, you can create visual and dynamic documentation to record your processes better and connect with both internal and external stakeholders.

Templates for planning and analysis

As a solutions architect, you want to understand your customers and their needs deeply. These templates were created to help you do exactly that by holding engaging discovery sessions, building comprehensive roadmaps, and more.

Discovery workshop

Having a visual template to guide interactive discovery workshops lets you better understand customers’ needs, goals, and technical requirements. With a template to lead the conversation, you can also set clear expectations and establish the next steps.

Discovery workshop template
Discovery workshop (click to use template)

Facilitator agenda

To have a successful discovery workshop, the facilitator needs to have a clear vision of the workshop’s flow. You can use this facilitator agenda template to build the framework, including time blocks, activity planning, and more.

facilitator agenda template
Facilitator agenda (click to use template)

Current vs. future state flowchart

The current vs. future state flowchart template combines two types of flowcharts into a single document. It helps you easily see what you have while giving you insight into where you want to go. Plus, it makes communicating that vision with stakeholders easy.

current vs. future state flowchart template
Current vs. future state flowchart (click to use template)

Business capability map

This template can help teams discover gaps in performance, determine how well applications support business capabilities, determine strategic action, and align teams. Visualize this crucial information in a central location by creating your own business capability map.

business capability map template
Business capability map (click to use template)

DevOps roadmap

Need a solution for streamlining processes and uncovering opportunities for innovation? You’ll want to check out our DevOps roadmap template. Use this template to visualize your processes and reveal impediments, then easily share your findings with your team.

DevOps roadmap template
DevOps roadmap (click to use template)

Timeline

Every team needs a timeline template in their toolkit. This flexible, adaptable template can come in handy when planning projects, visualizing dependencies, creating deployment plans, and much more.

timeline template
Timeline (click to use template)

Templates for architectural design and documentation

Visualizations can help smooth out the often tangled, complex nature of a business’s architecture. These templates provide a paved road to help you get started.

Application architecture diagram

Use this application architecture diagram template to show how applications connect to other systems, visualize the current and future state, and effortlessly collaborate with your team members.

application architecture diagram template
Application architecture diagram (click to use template)

Architecture design

Using a virtual whiteboard to brainstorm architecture design issues and solutions is a game changer. Import your architecture design diagrams directly into this template and brainstorm directly on the board. It’s easy to invite your colleagues to join, too (either live or asynchronously).

Functional decomposition diagram

Use this functional decomposition template to help you determine if your projects are on target by seeing if smaller sub-functions are creating bottlenecks that impede the process. Also, by breaking down the complex into simpler parts, it's easier for you to help key stakeholders understand the overall process.

functional decomposition diagram
Functional decomposition diagram (click to use template)

System landscape diagram

A system landscape diagram can help you understand how these software systems fit and work together in an enterprise. It’s basically a high-level map that gives you a visual representation of the software systems at the enterprise level.

This template can help you create this map and understand how specific products or technologies fit into a specific solution.

system landscape diagram template
System landscape diagram (click to use template)

Templates for visual representation and modeling

Presenting complicated infrastructures, models, or other diagrams to stakeholders can be difficult. Using visual diagrams can make understanding these essential documents much easier because they’re more digestible. Check out these templates to get started: 

UML class diagram

This UML class diagram template can help you visually document a system’s classes, attributes, operations, and the relationships among these components.

uml class diagram template
UML class diagram (click to use template)

ER diagram

Using this diagram, you can visualize entities and relationships and document a database structure. As with all of these templates, it’s customizable, so feel free to tailor it to your needs.

er diagram template
ER diagram (click to use template)

UML use case diagram

Use our UML use case diagram to synthesize the details of your system’s users, record relationships between users and use cases, and access our UML shape libraries.

 

uml use case diagram template
Use case diagram (click to use template)

Data flow diagram (DFD): Level 2

Data flow diagrams are key to visualizing how information flows through processes or systems. Using Lucid’s vast shapes library, you can make this complex information digestible for your team. And you can share it directly with stakeholders for streamlined communication.

data flow diagram template
Data flow diagram (DFD): Level 2 (click to use template)

Let Lucid streamline your documentation processes

Lucid is a powerful solution that can equip solutions architects with the tools they need to meet customer needs. From hosting engaging discovery sessions to visualizing customer systems to building future-state proposals, Lucid has you covered. 

You can dive in and get started with these templates or search our large Lucidspark and Lucidchart template libraries for more inspiration. 

Once you’ve created your documents, you can use Lucid’s Team Spaces to create a repository of shared demos and visuals. Plus, you can create your own custom templates to populate that space for tailored solutions and hours of saved time.

Ready to learn more about how Lucid can help solution architects?

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About Lucid

Lucid Software is a pioneer and leader in visual collaboration dedicated to helping teams build the future. With its products—Lucidchart, Lucidspark, and Lucidscale—teams are supported from ideation to execution and are empowered to align around a shared vision, clarify complexity, and collaborate visually, no matter where they are. Lucid is proud to serve top businesses around the world, including customers such as Google, GE, and NBC Universal, and 99% of the Fortune 500. Lucid partners with industry leaders, including Google, Atlassian, and Microsoft. Since its founding, Lucid has received numerous awards for its products, business, and workplace culture. For more information, visit lucid.co.

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