26–28 October 2015
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The evolution of evolutionary architecture

Rebecca Parsons (ThoughtWorks)
9:05–9:20 Monday, 26/10/2015
Location: Auditorium
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Evolutionary architecture—also known as just-in-time architecture—is not as horrifying to mainstream developers and software architects as it once was. The techniques have evolved, as has our ability to maintain various capabilities using an evolutionary approach. If you’ve shunned evolutionary architecture in the past, it could be worth another look.

In this talk, we’ll look at common evolutionary architecture practices and how our use of them has evolved. We’ll also examine some of the enabling techniques and technologies that have aided both the growth and acceptance of this practice. Finally, we’ll explore possible new techniques and areas where you might want to apply evolutionary architecture.

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Rebecca Parsons


Rebecca Parsons is CTO at ThoughtWorks. Rebecca has more than 30 years’ experience leading the creation of large-scale distributed, services-based applications and the integration of disparate systems. Previously, she was an assistant professor of computer science at the University of Central Florida, where she taught courses on compilers, program optimization, distributed computation, programming languages, the theory of computation, machine learning, and computational biology, and a director’s postdoctoral fellow at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, where her research included work on parallel and distributed computation, genetic algorithms, computational biology, and nonlinear dynamical systems. Rebecca’s interests include parallel and distributed computation, programming languages, domain-specific languages, evolutionary architecture, genetic algorithms, and computational science. She is the coauthor of Domain-Specific Languages, The ThoughtWorks Anthology, and Building Evolutionary Architectures. A strong advocate for diversity in the technology industry who is committed to increasing the number of women in coding and STEM fields, Rebecca has served on the board of CodeChix and acted as an advisor to Women Who Code. A sought-after speaker, she has been a featured presenter at well-known conferences, including Collision Conference, Web Summit, YOW!, the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, and more. She was chairwoman of the Agile Alliance board of directors for four years and has served the organization over a total of six years. Rebecca holds a BS in computer science and economics from Bradley University and both an MS and a PhD in computer science from Rice University.