Making Open Work
May 8–9, 2017: Training & Tutorials
May 10–11, 2017: Conference
Austin, TX
Neal Ford

Neal Ford
Meme Wrangler, ThoughtWorks

Website | @neal4d

Neal Ford is a software architect and meme wrangler at ThoughtWorks, a global IT consultancy with an exclusive focus on end-to-end software development and delivery. Neal focuses on designing and building large-scale enterprise applications and is the designer and developer of applications, instructional materials, magazine articles, courseware, and video presentations as well as the author and/or editor of six books spanning a variety of technologies, including, most recently, The Productive Programmer. He is also an internationally acclaimed speaker, having delivered more than 600 talks at over 100 developer conferences worldwide. Check out his website at He welcomes feedback and can be reached at


9:00am - 5:00pm Monday, May 8 & Tuesday, May 9
Location: Meeting Room 8
Level: Intermediate
Neal Ford (ThoughtWorks)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 3 ratings)
Neal Ford provides context and background to help you understand software architecture fundamentals, including architectural patterns, soft skills, decision scope, translating requirements, continuous delivery, and other topics. Along the way, Neal walks you through hands-on exercises that give you a chance to apply the principles and build various aspects of architecture. Read more.
11:00am11:40am Thursday, May 11, 2017
Location: Ballroom G
Level: Intermediate
Neal Ford (ThoughtWorks)
Average rating: ****.
(4.21, 14 ratings)
An evolutionary architecture supports incremental, guided change as a first principle across multiple dimensions. Neal Ford describes how to build architectures that safely evolve over time, adding evolvability as a standard "-ility" on software projects. Read more.