Philly ETE 2015 – Rebecca Wirfs-Brock – Why We Need Architects (and Architecture) on Agile Projects

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A screencast of Rebecca’s talk is also available here.


Complex software always has an architecture, even if it isn’t intentional. But being agile isn’t enough to enough guarantee a sustainable architecture. It isn’t prudent to just keep your code clean and hope that good architecture will just emerge. Especially when there is a lot of technical risk, interdependencies, and conflicting priorities. Good architecture requires ongoing attention and stewardship. This talk presents several techniques and architectural activities that are useful on agile projects and explains how an agile architect’s role can and should differ from that of a traditional
software architect.

About Rebecca:

Rebecca is an object design pioneer who invented the set of design practices known as Responsibility-Driven Design (RDD) and by accident started the x-Driven Design meme. Along the way she authored two popular object design books that are still in print.

In her work, Rebecca’s helps teams hone their design and architecture skills, manage and reduce technical debt, refactor their code, and address architecture risks. In addition to coaching and personal mentoring, she teaches and conducts workshops on Responsibility-Driven Design, Pragmatic TDD, enterprise application design, agile design skills and thinking, being agile about system qualities, and Agile Architecture. In her spare time she jogs (even in the rain).

Rebecca is also program director of the Agile Alliance’s Experience Reports Program and co-chair of the 2015 Agile Conference Experience Reports Track. Another interest of hers is software patterns. She serves on the Board of the Hillside Group and recently has written patterns about sustainable architecture, agile QA, and adaptive systems architectures. If you are interested in writing about your experiences or sharing your wisdom in pattern form, contact Rebecca. She can help you turn your itch for writing into the written word.