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Next Generation Architects for a Harsh Business World: Sourcing Non-Traditional Talent and Revamping Existing Talent

May 2011 Presentation
Walter A. Risi

This presentation from SATURN 2011 discusses skills that exceptional software architects should possess to succeed.


Software Engineering Institute


Imagine a harsh business environment that contains two architects who are both alike in technical mastery. The first has a prestigious educational background but struggles through some unsatisfactory jobs, and finally lands as a senior developer in a small software shop. The second, a former drugstore clerk and skillful guitar player, jumps from a round-the-corner kiosk to become top architect for a multinational powerhouse. You may found the story familiar,and if not, you may want to look at your best architect's background!

This presentation goes through some of the softer "life skills" that non-traditional architect candidates exhibit that make them develop exceptional performance in short time. On one hand, we provide the audience with tools to recruit and develop non-traditional talent. On the other, we provide elements for traditional architects and managers to recognize and develop these skills, thus increasing performance and the chance of a rewarding career.

This presentation was given at SATURN 2011 in Burlingame, CA.