Building Evolutionary Architectures Hands-on by Neal Ford

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ABOUT THE PRESENTER: NEAL FORD

A Director, Software Architect, and Meme Wrangler at ThoughtWorks
 @neal4d
nealford.com/

Neal is a Director, Software Architect, and Meme Wrangler at ThoughtWorks, a software company and a community of assionate, purpose-led individuals, who thinks disruptively to deliver technology to address the toughest challenges, all while seeking to revolutionize the IT industry and create positive social change. Before joining ThoughtWorks, Neal was the Chief Technology Officer at The DSW Group, Ltd., a nationally recognized training and development firm.

Neal has a degree in Computer Science from Georgia State University specializing in languages and compilers and a minor in mathematics specializing in statistical analysis. He is an internationally recognized expert on software development and delivery, especially in the intersection of agile engineering techniques and software architecture. Neal authored magazine articles, seven books (and counting), dozens of video presentations, and spoken at hundreds of developers conferences worldwide. His topics include software architecture, continuous delivery, functional programming, cutting edge software innovations, and includes a business-focused book and video in improving technical presentations. His primary consulting focus is the design and construction of large-scale enterprise applications. If you have an insatiable curiosity about Neal, visit his web site at nealford.com.


Workshop: Building Evolutionary Architectures Hands

An evolutionary architecture supports incremental, guided change across multiple dimensions.

For many years, software architecture was described as the “parts that are hard to change later”. But then microservices showed that if architects build evolvability into the architecture, change becomes easier. This workshop, based on the recent book, investigates the family of software architectures that support evolutionary change, along with how to build evolvable systems. Understanding how to evolve architecture requires understanding how different parts of architecture interact; I describe how to achieve appropriate coupling between components and services. Incremental change is critical for the mechanics of evolution; I cover how to build engineering and DevOps practices to support continuous change. Uncontrolled evolution leads to undesirable side effects; I cover how fitness functions build protective, testable scaffolding around critical parts to guide the architecture as it evolves.

The software development ecosystem exists in a state of dynamic equilibrium, where any new tool, framework, or technique leads to disruption and the establishment of a new equilibrium. Predictability is impossible when the foundation architects plan against changes constantly in unexpected ways. Instead, prefer evolvability over predictability. This hands-on workshop provides a high-level overview of a different way to think about software architecture.

Outline –
Evolutionary Architecture Defined
Fitness Functions
Exercise: Fitness Function Katas
Engineering Incremental change
Architectural Characteristics
Exercise: determine appropriate characteristics
Identifying Architectural Patterns
Exercise: components and patterns
Evaluating the Evolvability of Existing Architecture Styles
Retrofitting Existing Architectures
Building Evolvable Architectures

 

Register: Sydney Nov 28 | Melbourne Dec 5