Growing Architects
Kevin Francis
Practices Manager
Object Consulting
 My journey
 Architecture:
• Types of Architects
• Architecture Career Paths
• Architect skill requirements
 Growing Ar...
My Background
Why should I be talking about this?
 Developer and Operations
 Architect and Consultant
 Enterprise Archi...
Architecture Career Paths
5
Solution Architect
Application
Architect
Application
Architect
Application
Architect
Data Architect
User Interface
Archi...
6
Paths into Architecture
It still isn't all about code…
Developer
Solution
Architect
UI
Architect
Business
Analyst
Almost...
7
Paths from Architecture
You can't be an architect forever
Delivery
Manager, etc
Infrastructure
Manager, etc
CTOCIO Other...
Architecture Skills
9
What is Architecture?
It's all about technology, right?
 Designing all or part of a system to meet the
functional and n...
10
Intrinsic Architect Traits
 Inventive - can see through the problem
 Good communicator – can sell the solution
 Stra...
11
What Makes a Good Architect?
The hard stuff
 Technology knowledge:
• Technologies – broad and narrow
• Product stack
•...
12
What Makes a Good Architect?
The sort-of soft stuff
 Project Management skills:
• Scope management
• Change management...
13
What Makes a Good Architect?
The soft stuff
 Presentation skills
 Team leading skills
 Mentoring skills
 Excellent ...
Growing Architects
15
Developers to Architects
An Architect isn't just a smart Developer
 Technical things Architects need:
• The whole pict...
16
Developers to Architects
What should developers learn?
 Patterns and Practices
 The product stacks etc
 Methodologie...
17
Creating an Architecture Team
 Build a team structure
 Put the right people at the top of the structure
 Build a car...
18
Creating an Architecture Team
 Build an Architecture Practice
 Build a Mentoring framework
 Use progression plans to...
19
Contact Points
 Email: kevin.francis@objectconsulting.com.au
 Blog: http://msmvps.com/blogs/architecture/
 Object: w...
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AAF 2009 Growing Architects

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Presentation on growing architects presented at the Australian Architecture Forum 2009. This is a further developed concept from the similar SAF presentation.

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  • AAF 2009 Growing Architects

    1. 1. Growing Architects Kevin Francis Practices Manager Object Consulting
    2. 2.  My journey  Architecture: • Types of Architects • Architecture Career Paths • Architect skill requirements  Growing Architects: • Skills development • Organisational requirements What We Will Cover Are you in the right session?
    3. 3. My Background Why should I be talking about this?  Developer and Operations  Architect and Consultant  Enterprise Architect  Project Manager and Business Owner  Principal Architect  Delivery Manager  Executive – Strategic Management  MVP and Community Work
    4. 4. Architecture Career Paths
    5. 5. 5 Solution Architect Application Architect Application Architect Application Architect Data Architect User Interface Architect Application Architect Types of Architects It isn't all about code… User Interface Business Layer Application Application Supplier Database Business Layer Business Layer Business Layer Integration Architect Infrastructure Architect
    6. 6. 6 Paths into Architecture It still isn't all about code… Developer Solution Architect UI Architect Business Analyst Almost Anyone Business Analyst IT Support Snr Data Architect SOA Architect Snr Project Manager Infrastructure Manager Integration Architect Data Architect Project Manager Infrastructure Architect Application Architect
    7. 7. 7 Paths from Architecture You can't be an architect forever Delivery Manager, etc Infrastructure Manager, etc CTOCIO Other Executive Infrastructure Manager SOA Architect Snr Data Architect Snr Project Manager Solution Architect Enterprise Architect or Consultant
    8. 8. Architecture Skills
    9. 9. 9 What is Architecture? It's all about technology, right?  Designing all or part of a system to meet the functional and non-functional requirements  Designing the delivery approach  Managing risk  Delivering to budget  Managing stakeholders  Managing change  Contracts  Explaining what needs to be done  Managing the development team
    10. 10. 10 Intrinsic Architect Traits  Inventive - can see through the problem  Good communicator – can sell the solution  Strategic thinker – can see the big picture  Forthright – can push forwards when the going gets hard.
    11. 11. 11 What Makes a Good Architect? The hard stuff  Technology knowledge: • Technologies – broad and narrow • Product stack • Scalability • Security – inside and outside the network • Reliability  Design capabilities: • Patterns and practices • SOA, UI design, workflow
    12. 12. 12 What Makes a Good Architect? The sort-of soft stuff  Project Management skills: • Scope management • Change management • Requirements management • Contract management • Estimation • Schedule management  Methodologies. That’s plural.  Test Approaches & Management
    13. 13. 13 What Makes a Good Architect? The soft stuff  Presentation skills  Team leading skills  Mentoring skills  Excellent writing skills  Excellent communication skills
    14. 14. Growing Architects
    15. 15. 15 Developers to Architects An Architect isn't just a smart Developer  Technical things Architects need: • The whole picture • Detail in part of the picture • Patterns and practices • The product stack  Non-technical things: • Leadership skills • Communication skills • Project management
    16. 16. 16 Developers to Architects What should developers learn?  Patterns and Practices  The product stacks etc  Methodologies  Architecture Training  Project Management Training  Consider communications training  Encourage involvement within and outside projects  Encourage developers to grow beyond code
    17. 17. 17 Creating an Architecture Team  Build a team structure  Put the right people at the top of the structure  Build a career progression plan • Training • Skills • Projects  Encourage the right behaviours • KPIs • Recognition
    18. 18. 18 Creating an Architecture Team  Build an Architecture Practice  Build a Mentoring framework  Use progression plans to encourage broader skills.  Develop KPI’s to encourage behaviour  Use Web 2.0 tools to encourage interaction  Architecture BOK – Process Mentor
    19. 19. 19 Contact Points  Email: kevin.francis@objectconsulting.com.au  Blog: http://msmvps.com/blogs/architecture/  Object: www.objectconsulting.com.au  Process Mentor: www.processmentor.com
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