Another great manifest by Jeremy D. Miller, called The Anti Team. Especially the first one is a very recognizable team role and especially the one I hate most: the non-coding architect.
All my colleagues know that I can keep rambling on about this medieval characteristic, but Jeremy phrases it as clear as it can ever be:
I fully believe that I can do a much better job designing and architecting software as a developer involved in the day to day construction of the code than a non-coding architect of equivalent skill. Put it another way, designs get better faster when the designer has to feel the pain from clunky designs and adapts to alleviate that pain.
And then my favorite sentence of his entire post:
Non-coding Architect is an order of magnitude worse when he/she is a member of a centralized architecture team that is the "keeper of the flame" for the enterprise architecture.
I think I'll save this one.