Speaking at the Software Architect 2010 conference

19th-22nd October 2010, America Square Conference Centre, London

I'm speaking at Software Architect 2010Just a quick post to say that I'm speaking at the Software Architect 2010 conference in London next month. I'm running a pre-conference workshop, a post-conference workshop and two technical breakout sessions as follows.

Software Architecture in a Day (pre-conference workshop)

This one-day workshop is an interactive introduction to software architecture and what it means to be a software architect. It's aimed at software developers who are looking towards their first software architect role, developers who want to become more architecturally aware and software architects that are new to the role. We'll be asking and answering the following questions:

  1. What is software architecture?
  2. What is the role of a software architect?
  3. How do you define software architecture?
  4. How do you share software architecture?
  5. How do you deliver software architecture?

Where do you start?

One of the hardest things about software development is being asked to come up with a design when all you're given is a set of requirements and a blank sheet of paper. Many software teams will dive straight into the code and while this can initially be very productive, the slippery slope of constant refactoring is awaiting those teams that haven't quite found a design that works. Often, a little forethought is all that's needed to get the development process heading in the right direction. So where do you start?

How do you design for non-functional requirements?

You may have heard people talking about "non-functional requirements", mentioning things like performance, scalability, availability, security, flexibility and so on. What do you do if you're asked to design software that exhibits these qualities and furthermore, how do you do it in a pragmatic way? Come along to find out about some of the approaches that you can adopt and some of the trade-offs you'll need to make.

Boxes & Lines (post-conference workshop)

Talking about software architecture will get you so far, but in reality it's all about experience and that's exactly what this workshop offers. Given a set of functional requirements, you'll be asked to identify the other architectural drivers before doing some design, choosing some technologies and drawing some boxes and lines. Join us if you want to know where to start with designing software and how to go about the software architecture definition process in a lightweight, structured and pragmatic way.

Feel free to stop me and say hello if you're at the conference; should be a great event.

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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