Planning the year ahead

Happy new year to everybody and thanks to all of you that I've worked with during the past year. 2011 is shaping up to be an exciting year and I just wanted to summarise some of the things that we have planned.


2010 was a great year from a training perspective. Travel chaos aside, there were a number of public scheduled runs of Software Architecture for Developers in London and Oslo, with an additional number of private courses at various locations around Europe. The public schedule for 2011 has been published with dates in London and Oslo already confirmed. I'm also working on scheduling public courses in some other European countries, so keep checking the website for additional dates. We run private courses at customer offices, which is very cost effective if you have a group of people (e.g. 10-20) that you'd like to train. If you have a room that's large enough and a projector then we're all set!

I'm also really pleased to say that Equinox IT in New Zealand will be running the course this year.

"We were keen to pick up and deliver the 'Software Architecture for Developers' course because it strongly aligned with the pragmatic way we architect software solutions in New Zealand" said Bill Ross, Equinox Architecture Practice Director. "As per all of our training, the course will be delivered by our practicing consultants to ensure that the course retains that pragmatic and applied focus."

I've been working with the team and we have a very similar approach to software development so I'm confident that they're going to do an excellent job of delivering the course in New Zealand.

Speaking events

I'm speaking at a number of events in the first half of the year, including:

QCon London 2011
DevWeek 2011, London
GOTO Copenhagen 2011
BCS Jersey
Progressive .NET Tutorials 2011 (plus other "In the Brain" talks throughout the year)

Again, keep checking back for details of other events as they are confirmed.

The other stuff

All of the above sits alongside my day job, which is still about developing software, consulting and coaching so you can expect more blog entries, essays and other resources over the course of the year. Please do get in touch if you want help with a project, coaching, mentoring, consulting, architecture reviews, etc.

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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