One of the things architects can learn from the Agile mindset is the importance of short feedback loops. The quicker architects receive feedback on their output, the faster they learn about its effect in their specific solution context—and better informed architects make better decisions. Architecture is a matter of reducing uncertainty by gathering knowledge and making decisions, and a shorter architecture feedback loop speeds up that uncertainty reduction, leading to better architectures. On top of this, shorter loops lead to shorter reaction times when things change, which increases agility.
This talk shares experiences shortening the architectural feedback loop and gives five key tips for practicing architects.