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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.

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 AAF 2009 Growing Architects Presentation Transcript

  • Growing Architects
    Kevin Francis
    Practices Manager
    Object Consulting
  • What We Will CoverAre you in the right session?
    My journey
    Architecture:
    Types of Architects
    Architecture Career Paths
    Architect skill requirements
    Growing Architects:
    Skills development
    Organisational requirements
  • My BackgroundWhy 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
  • Architecture Career Paths
  • Types of ArchitectsIt isn't all about code…
    Integration Architect
    Solution Architect
    Data Architect
    Application Architect
    Database
    Supplier
    Application
    Application Architect
    Infrastructure Architect
    Business Layer
    Application
    Business Layer
    Application Architect
    Application Architect
    Business Layer
    Business Layer
    User Interface
    User Interface Architect
  • Paths into ArchitectureIt still isn't all about code…
    Solution Architect
    SOA Architect
    Infrastructure Manager
    Snr Project Manager
    Snr Data Architect
    Integration Architect
    Infrastructure Architect
    Project Manager
    Application Architect
    Data Architect
    UI Architect
    IT Support
    Business Analyst
    Almost Anyone
    Business Analyst
    Developer
  • Paths from ArchitectureYou can't be an architect forever
    CIO
    Other Executive
    CTO
    Enterprise Architect or Consultant
    Infrastructure Manager, etc
    Delivery Manager, etc
    Solution Architect
    SOA Architect
    Infrastructure Manager
    Snr Project Manager
    Snr Data Architect
  • Architecture Skills
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • What Makes a Good Architect?The soft stuff
    Presentation skills
    Team leading skills
    Mentoring skills
    Excellent writing skills
    Excellent communication skills
  • Growing Architects
  • Developers to ArchitectsAn 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
  • Developers to ArchitectsWhat 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Contact Points
    Email: kevin.francis@objectconsulting.com.au
    Blog: http://msmvps.com/blogs/architecture/
    Object: www.objectconsulting.com.au
    Process Mentor: www.processmentor.com