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There is a common misconception that architecture is thrown out the window when a team or organization is developing software in an agile fashion, but where does this myth stem from? Surely, there is some truth behind this thinking. We’ll talk about some of the underlying assumptions that support this belief in order to build a common understanding of what it really means to be developing in an agile fashion. During the second half of this talk, we’ll move from the conceptual thinking into some practical suggestions from our experiences — what we’ve seen that works and highlight some practices to avoid. In the end, the audience will know how to bring architectural thinking into teams to support the higher level goals of application architecture.
About Molly Dishman (ThoughtWorks):
Molly Dishman is a Senior Consultant at ThoughtWorks Inc. a global IT Software Consultancy. During her ThoughtWorks career she has developed top quality software solutions for clients all over the world. She has been a trainer, developer, technical lead and coach during her time at ThoughtWorks. Molly is passionate about solving technical problems and helping others grow and learn software development.
About Martin Fowler (ThoughtWorks):
Martin is an author, speaker, consultant and self-described general loud-mouth on software development. He concentrates on designing enterprise software – looking at what makes a good design and what practices are needed to come up with good design. Fowler has been a pioneer of various topics around object-oriented technology and agile methods, and written several books including “Refactoring”, “UML Distilled”, “Patterns of Enterprise Application Architecture”, and “NoSQL Distilled”. For the last decade he’s worked at ThoughtWorks, what he considers a “really rather good” system delivery and consulting firm, and writes at http://martinfowler.com.
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Software architecture is a massive multidisciplinary subject, covering many roles and responsibilities, which makes it challenging to teach because so much context is required for every subject. It's also a fast-moving discipline, where entire suites of best practices become obsolete overnight.
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