London User Group - December 2007

From Developer to Architect

Thanks very much to everybody that came along to the London User Group last Thursday night - it was our largest turnout yet at just under 40 people. Also, congratulations to the winners of the QCon London 2008 pass and the books. We look forward to receiving your book reviews next year. ;-)

The topic for the evening was "From Developer to Architect" and I thought it was really interesting that we all presented a different view of our transition into an architect role, yet there were some common themes that kept cropping up. Probably the best example is that architects need to take a "macro view" of the system. There were also some interesting things said during the discussion part of the session that I thought were worth sharing :

  • The difference between developers and architects is "the weight of their mistakes".
  • The architect has "the vision of the system".
  • Architects are a "salesman for their ideas" and "they need to bring people with them along the way".

Also, there were some good questions that sparked discussion.

  • Can you be an architect on a team of one?
  • Can the architect role be distributed amongst the team?

It was a very good night and the discussion continued over a few drinks in "The Crown". As always, the slides are available to download and, for those of you that want to continue the discussion, please feel free to use the Google Group. The user group will be taking a break in January, so we'll see you in February.

About the author

Simon is an independent consultant specializing in software architecture, and the author of Software Architecture for Developers (a developer-friendly guide to software architecture, technical leadership and the balance with agility). He’s also the creator of the C4 software architecture model and the founder of Structurizr, which is a collection of open source and commercial tooling to help software teams visualise, document and explore their software architecture.

You can find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrown ... see for information about his speaking schedule, videos from past conferences and software architecture training.

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