Architects, designers and senior developers looking to understand their role and practices in an agile environment, as well as iteration managers, project managers and Scrum masters wanting to understand how the technical requirements underpin an Agile project.
Many organizations and architects struggle with architectural design and decisions within an agile environment. They understand the importance of avoiding intense design up front but are unsure of how much design up-front to do, so they opt for the other side of the spectrum – no initial design at all. Neither end of the spectrum is sustainable as both are inherently risky.
Letting your architecture emerge and implementing just what you actually need (versus what you think you might need) is a balancing act of deferring design decisions that don’t need to be made early and addressing aspects of the system that will have a long-lasting impact on a project. This balancing act requires architects and designers to demonstrate technical leadership, finding the right middle ground and mitigating the risk involved with either too much or too little design.
In this highly-interactive workshop participants will examine the roles, responsibilities and practices of architects working in an agile environment as well as gain an understanding of the architecture and design effort required at the enterprise, domain, solution and software architecture level. Attendees will also explore the practices and techniques for effectively defining, refining and evolving architecture that supports agile values and the principles of good architecture and design.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Develop an understanding of what architecture is and is not
- Understand the roles and responsibilities of architects in an agile environment
- Learn how to apply the values and principles of agile architecture
- Understand the difference between agile architecture and traditional software architecture
- Apply techniques for planning and aligning architecture activities throughout the enterprise
- Learn to communicate the architecture approach and required decisions to diverse stakeholders
- Gain practices and techniques for keeping architecture documentation light
- Recognize and manage technical debt
Participants should complete Certified Agile Practitioner – Agile Foundations prior to taking this course or possess equivalent knowledge. Attendees should have some familiarity with software development and architecture.