Subscription based architecture groups

Are they value for money?

Don't worry, this isn't an announcement that we're going to start charging for access to the site! Over the years, I've joined a couple of subscription based software architecture groups such as the Worldwide Institute of Software Architects (WWISA) and the International Association of Software Architects (IASA). Generally, you pay a one-off fee and then you can login to the members area where you have access to articles, documents, discussions, etc.

From a personal perspective, I've been disappointed by the quantity and quality of material available on such sites so I've never really got much out of them (and hence have never renewed). So I'm curious ... what are your experiences with subscription based architecture/software development groups and are there any that you'd recommend to others?

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.

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Re: Subscription based architecture groups

Hi Simon, As a communications professional for a software company who has interviewed quite a few software architects for success stories or news releases, I have to say I've never run across any useful subscription based groups myself. Many offshoots are found on Linkedin as well. I will however mention this site to those architects I communicate with in the months ahead. I've never met an architect that didn't have great things to say about the agile software change and configuration managment tool the company I work for provides. Perhaps pointing them to this site will offer some payback for their helping me so often. Thank you.

Re: Subscription based architecture groups

I don't know if they're in the same category for you, but personally I'm a member of the ACM (Association For Computing Machinery) and the PMI (Project Management Institute.)

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