"Emerge your architecture" goes the agile mantra and with it developers get empowered and fluffy papers make room for real code. But, how do you ensure the cohesiveness of the result? Yes, testing and code reviews are useful tools, but the challenge of working with software systems stems from their sheer size and their continuously shape changing nature. The system's architecture is a business asset as it can make or break a system in the long run. Thus, keeping track of what goes on in the system is critical. This is a course about knowing the real architecture of your software system, and choosing to how to steer based on that reality.
The architecture of the system is important and it deserves special attention because it is too easy for it to go wrong in the long run, and it is too expensive when that happens. In this course, we take a systematic look at what architecture is, and we detail a method of approaching the challenge of steering it on a daily basis through:
This approach requires the team to build custom tools and use them to guide decisions actively. This requires new skills and an appropriate technical infrastructure. However, this is a technical detail. The critical benefit comes from making architectural decisions explicit, and from the daily actions of cleaning the state of the system.
Steering agile architecture is a challenge regardless of the type of system or chosen architecture and it should concern everyone involved in building the system. That is why, this course is targeted to both engineers and managers. We cover the multiple facets of the process, and we accompany the conceptual descriptions with real life examples from multiple case studies.
What is software architecture:
Architecture and agile development:
Architecture and technical debt:
Architecture as a collaboration:
The daily assessment game:
Detecting and testing architecture drifts:
Introduction in software analysis:
Software in pictures: