It's always nice -- though rare -- to find SOA articles that provide simple, down-to-earth and immediately actionable advice. Most articles, particularly on SOA governance, are pretty strategic and, therefore, a bit vague.
What are harder to write, and therefore find, are articles giving tactical advice for implementing governance. That's a shame, since SOA's success may ultimately depend on its governance.
Which is why I implore you to check out "Five Rules for Development-time SOA Governance."
The article is written by Dr. Kelly Shaw, an analyst with Serena Software, which specializes in application lifecycle management. So, instead of a general governance discussion, Shaw focuses on what she calls development-time governance or, put simply, governance rules for developers.
While her focus is on providing governance guidelines -- for instance, work with business users and focus on delivered applications -- you'll also find practical management advice.
Here are my favorite tips from the article: