Lightweight approach to RFCs

Published: Apr 13, 2021
Apr 2021

As organizations drive toward evolutionary architecture, it's important to capture decisions around design, architecture, techniques and teams' ways of workings. The process of collecting and aggregating feedback that will lead to these decisions begin with Request for Comments (RfCs). RfCs are a technique for collecting context, design and architectural ideas and collaborating with teams to ultimately come to decisions along with their context and consequences. We recommend that organizations take a lightweight approach to RFCs by using a simple standardized template across many teams as well as version control to capture RfCs.

It's important to capture these in an audit of these decisions to benefit future team members and to capture the technical and business evolution of an organization. Mature organizations have used RfCs in autonomous teams to drive better communication and collaboration especially in cross-team relevant decisions.