Agile changes how we develop products. We no longer have the big design up front, or even know enough about what the product might do at the beginning. How can you continue to create great products that people will want, and that will be coherent? You can change your perspective from serving the product to serving the people.
When you include servant leadership for the people on the teams, you continue your work as a traditional architect: shepherd the business value of the architecture, explore possibilities so the teams can implement, and create new ideas for how the product(s) will fit together. In addition, you coach and serve the people on the teams. You no longer have to be the only one with the vision. You can share the vision.
This challenges everyone: you and your sense of worth; the teams and how they work with you; and the organization for who does what, how, and how to compensate everyone.
In this talk, Johanna Rothman will discuss how agile creates opportunities for architects, and what servant leadership can look like for architects.