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The Architect as Change Agent

  • June 2010
  • By Linda Rising
  • Linda Rising shares research from social psychology on successful change agents that software architects can use to help influence teams and organizations to adopt good ideas.
  • Publisher: Software Engineering Institute
  • This presentation was created for a conference series or symposium and does not necessarily reflect the positions and views of the Software Engineering Institute.
  • Abstract

    Architects, like the rest of us, struggle to influence our teams or organizations to adopt good ideas—whether we want to move our department to a better development method or suggest a Friday night movie for the family. We develop great solutions but struggle to make something happen. How can we influence change? From her latest book Fearless Change: Patterns for Introducing New Ideas, Linda Rising will share stories of successful change agents, including supporting research in social psychology—in particular, studies that focus on influence strategies. Even evolutionary biologists help shed light on why these patterns are so powerfully ingrained and hardwired in our brains that “You can take a person out of the Stone Age, but you can’t take the Stone Age out of a person!” Although we can’t change our DNA, we can use this information to help improve our organizations.

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