Engineering the Future of Software
November 13–14, 2016: Training
November 14–16, 2016: Tutorials & Conference
San Francisco, CA

Overnight architect: From enterprise developer to SaaS startup architect in 21 days

Tiffany Mikell (BSMdotCo)
2:15pm–3:05pm Wednesday, 11/16/2016
Business skills
Location: California East Level: Beginner
Average rating: **...
(2.83, 6 ratings)

What you'll learn

  • Understand how to level up as a developer with limited architecture experience launching a scalable startup


Entrepreneurship is highly encouraged by young technologists. However, very few younger developers have a great deal of architecture experience when first launching a new tech startup. Bootstrapping startups can’t afford to hire an experienced architect, but they still must make important decisions in order to position their application to scale and pivot as needed. Continuous integration and low-cost DevOps are critical areas of concern for a small team with limited resources and experience.

Tiffany Mikell shares how she was able to level up and make the solid architecture decisions necessary to build a successful SaaS tech startup, covering:

  • How she leveled up as an enterprise developer with limited architecture experience
  • The resources she used to make early architectural decisions that provided the flexibility needed to pivot in short notice
  • What continuous integration looks like for a SaaS startup in the first six months and in the first year
  • How to create stable architecture frameworks flexible enough to change with constant feedback from early application users
  • Early architecture decisions that negatively impacted the startup after its launch
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Tiffany Mikell


Tiffany Mikell is the CEO/CTO of BSMdotCo. Tiffany has over 10 years of professional experience in technology, entrepreneurship, and education design. She began her career as Java developer and technical architect with a specialization in ERP, BI, and SaaS-based solutions at Accenture, where she led a series of company-wide open source initiatives. In 2010, Tiffany founded a successful technology consulting firm to develop SaaS platforms for nonprofits and social enterprises. In 2013, she helped Dev Bootcamp launch its Chicago location and played a key role on the founding team. Her current ventures are focused on building tools for real-time, browser-based communication with a focus on adult education.

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Jess Shpek
07/26/2016 11:27pm PDT


Jess Shpek
07/26/2016 11:23pm PDT

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