Yes, You Need Agile Architecture! @Dev Talks Conference Bucharest 11 June 2014

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This talk is about how an agile architect should be a bridge improving the communication between the business stakeholders, customers or clients, and the technical teams.
During this talk there are presented some of the very important skills of an agile architect that improve the business agility of the company.
Here are the skills mentioned in the talk: translator, mentor, simplifier, risk analyst, business analyst, communicator, technical standards creator, code reviewer, assistant product owner, team load balancer, ministry of technical budget, foreman, facilitator.

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Yes, You Need Agile Architecture! @Dev Talks Conference Bucharest 11 June 2014

  1. 1. Yes, you need Agile Architecture www.mozaicworks.com
  2. 2. Me Adi Bolboacă Programmer Organizational & Technical Trainer & Coach www.mozaicworks.com
  3. 3. A definition of Software Architecture The set of structures needed to reason about the software system, which comprises the software elements, the relations between them, and the properties of both elements and relations. [1] www.mozaicworks.com
  4. 4. Another definition of Software Architecture Documenting software architecture facilitates communication between stakeholders, captures early decisions about the high- level design, and allows reuse of design components between projects. [2] www.mozaicworks.com
  5. 5. Software Architecture www.mozaicworks.com
  6. 6. Agile software development Is a group of software development methods based on iterative and incremental development, in which requirements and solutions evolve through collaboration between self-organizing, cross-functional teams. www.mozaicworks.com
  7. 7. The purpose of Agile 1.Incrementally add value 2.Deliver fast 3.Build the right thing 4.Quality software 5.Deliver enhanced value for customer 6.Maintainability www.mozaicworks.com
  8. 8. 1. Incrementally add value Architect's skill: Translator www.mozaicworks.com
  9. 9. 1. Incrementally add value Architect's skill: Translator The architect should be a bridge between the business needs and the technical challenges www.mozaicworks.com
  10. 10. 1. Incrementally add value Architect's skill: Mentor www.mozaicworks.com
  11. 11. 1. Incrementally add value Architect's skill: Mentor Constantly help the technical teams improve 1 to 1 meetings Express confidence and passion www.mozaicworks.com
  12. 12. The purpose of Agile 1.Incrementally add value 2.Deliver fast 3.Build the right thing 4.Quality software 5.Deliver enhanced value for customer 6.Maintanability www.mozaicworks.com
  13. 13. 2. Deliver fast Architect's skill: Simplifier The architect should constantly look for solutions that simplify every increment delivered www.mozaicworks.com
  14. 14. 2. Deliver fast Architect's skill: Risk analyst www.mozaicworks.com
  15. 15. 2. Deliver fast Architect's skill: Risk analyst One of the main jobs of an architect is being able to analyze and minimize risks www.mozaicworks.com
  16. 16. The purpose of Agile 1.Incrementally add value 2.Deliver fast 3.Build the right thing 4.Quality software 5.Deliver enhanced value for customer 6.Maintanability www.mozaicworks.com
  17. 17. 3. Build the right thing www.mozaicworks.com
  18. 18. 3. Build the right thing Architect's skill: Business analyst Understand the requirements at top level Make sure the product fits the needs Communicate technical risks www.mozaicworks.com
  19. 19. 3. Build the right thing Architect's skill: Communicator Talk with the customers Know the end-users Have a close relationship with stakeholders Be open for dicussions with managers Happy to actively attend teams' meetings www.mozaicworks.com
  20. 20. The purpose of Agile 1.Incrementally add value 2.Deliver fast 3.Build the right thing 4.Quality software 5.Deliver enhanced value for customer 6.Maintanability www.mozaicworks.com
  21. 21. 4. Quality software www.mozaicworks.com
  22. 22. 4. Quality software Architect's skill: Technical standards creator Drive teams for consensus on practices Create standards Document standards Enforce standards www.mozaicworks.com
  23. 23. 4. Quality software Architect's skill: Technical standards creator www.mozaicworks.com
  24. 24. 4. Quality software Architect's skill: Code reviewer The code looks like one person wrote it The code respects standards Teach others how code can be improved www.mozaicworks.com
  25. 25. The purpose of Agile 1.Incrementally add value 2.Deliver fast 3.Build the right thing 4.Quality software 5.Deliver enhanced value for customer 6.Maintanability www.mozaicworks.com
  26. 26. 5. Deliver enhanced value Architect's skill: Assistant Product Owner Be in constant touch with product people Focus on value delivered to the customer Challenge the Business Value presented Communicate Business Value to the teams www.mozaicworks.com
  27. 27. 5. Deliver enhanced value Architect's skill: Team Load Balancer The teams deal with a sustainable effort The effort of the teams is almost the same The customer's value stream is constant and predictable www.mozaicworks.com
  28. 28. The purpose of Agile 1.Incrementally add value 2.Deliver fast 3.Build the right thing 4.Quality software 5.Deliver enhanced value for customer 6.Maintainability www.mozaicworks.com
  29. 29. 6. Maintainability www.mozaicworks.com
  30. 30. 6. Maintainability Architect's skill: Ministry of Technical Budget Measure technical debt Minimize technical debt Plan well technical debt installments Do not bury the company in technical debt www.mozaicworks.com
  31. 31. 6. Maintainability Architect's skill: Foreman [3] The architect is the person who is responsible for making sure all the workers do things right www.mozaicworks.com
  32. 32. The purpose of Agile 1.Incrementally add value 2.Deliver fast 3.Build the right thing 4.Quality software 5.Deliver enhanced value for customer 6.Maintainability www.mozaicworks.com
  33. 33. General Skill Architect's skill: Facilitator www.mozaicworks.com
  34. 34. General Skill Architect's skill: Facilitator Be able to convince a group of people to achive consensus without taking a particular position in the discussion www.mozaicworks.com
  35. 35. Agile Architect's skills www.mozaicworks.com Translator Code reviewer Mentor Assistant Product Owner Simplifier Team Load Balancer Risk Analyst Ministry of Technical Budget Business Analyst Foreman Communicator Facilitator Technical Standards Creator
  36. 36. Thank you! www.mozaicworks.com
  37. 37. References [1] Clements, Paul; Felix Bachmann, Len Bass, David Garlan, James Ivers, Reed Little, Paulo Merson, Robert Nord, Judith Stafford (2010). Documenting Software Architectures: Views and Beyond, Second Edition. Boston: Addison- Wesley. [2] Bass, Len; Paul Clements, Rick Kazman (2012). Software Architecture In Practice, Third Edition. Boston: Addison-Wesley. pp. 21–24 [3] http://blog.8thlight.com/uncle-bob/2014/02/21/WhereIsTheForeman.html www.mozaicworks.com
  38. 38. Enterprise Agile Architect Role Contact me Unit testing workshop Remote pair-programming TDD workshop Refactoring workshop Legacy code workshop Legacy code retreat Code retreat www.mozaicworks.com
  39. 39. Enterprise Agile Architect Role Extend your mentoring & training capacity Accelerate learning through communities of practice Grow your functional leaders and top talents http://www.mozaicworks.com adrian.bolboaca@mozaicworks.com @adibolb

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