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What Agile Architects Do and What They Need

May 2012 Presentation
Viktor Clerc (Inspearit), Rik Farenhorst, Daan Kalmeijer (Inspearit)

A presentation from the Architecture and Agile 2 track at SATURN 2012, May 7-11, 2012, St Petersburg, FL.

Publisher:

Software Engineering Institute

Abstract

Architecting in today’s world requires omniscient architects: technically capable, communicative, collaborative, adaptive, and stakeholder aware across time and space. Luckily, architects are supported by a myriad of tools and techniques such as TOGAF and the availability of reference architectures, architecture principles, standards, and guidelines. Yet the key success factor remains the architect’s agility: his or her soft skills and attitude while adapting to the often-changing business requirements of the stakeholders involved.In this presentation, we will report on the architecting discipline in the Netherlands based on our experience supporting architecture-intensive organizations in various industries. Based on these experiences, we will summarize dos and don’ts for architects and demonstrate several pragmatic techniques that together form a lightweight but effective toolkit to help architects become more agile, that is, more adaptive to contexts and challenges.