Where are the software architects of tomorrow?

With many technical mentors disappearing, where do developers gain this experience?

Agile and software craftsmanship are two great examples of how we're striving to improve and push the software industry forward. We spend a lot of time talking about writing code, testing, tools, technologies and the all of the associated processes. And that makes a lot of sense. Let's not forget that the end-goal here is delivering benefit to people through software, and working software is key.

But we shouldn't forget that there are some other aspects of the software development process that few people genuinely have experience with. Think about how you would answer the following questions.

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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.

Re: Where are the software architects of tomorrow?

Hi Simon, I have to say I agree with you on much of your post. The agile and craftsmanship movements have done much to push for a higher quality future, but there are so many aspects of development which almost seemed to be consigned to a not-so-distant memory.

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