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One of the hardest things about the software architecture role is being asked to come up with a software architecture when all you're given is a set of requirements and a blank piece of paper. It's certainly one of the most fun parts of the role, but it can be a daunting prospect trying to figure out where to start and what to do. Many software teams dive straight into the code and this can initially be very productive but many teams soon start to venture down the slippery slope of constant refactoring while they try to find a design that works. Often, a little forethought is all that's needed to get the architecture definition process heading in the right direction. So where do you start?

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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 simonbrown.je for information about his speaking schedule, videos from past conferences and software architecture training.




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