4–7 Nov 2019
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Cultivating architecture with principles

Birgitta Boeckeler (ThoughtWorks)
16:5017:35 Wednesday, 6 November 2019
Location: M6/M7
Secondary topics:  Overview
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Who is this presentation for?

  • Architects and technical leads




Many organizations today strive to establish autonomous development teams who can move as independently of each other as possible. The goal is to achieve speed, scalability, and empowerment. The bigger you get, the less central decision making will work, because a central group just cannot know enough to make good decisions.

You have to decide what architecture governances look like in such a decentralized setup and how to avoid chaos. And you have to know how to walk the line between hard rules and helpful guidance. One way to create a shared understanding of what architecture means in your particular organization is to introduce architecture principles and use them to guide all the teams’ decision making toward common goals.

Birgitta Boeckeler explores different ways of creating and phrasing principles, outlines what you need in place around principles to make them practical and effective, and shares some lessons she’s learned from a few organizations where she’s seen principles in action.

Prerequisite knowledge

  • Experience delivering software on a team

What you'll learn

  • Learn how to write architecture principles for your own organization's team
  • Discover the importance of a guidance- and learning-based approach in architecture governance and the importance and different ways of communicating the “why” and “how come” of your architecture
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Birgitta Boeckeler


Birgitta Boeckeler is a technical principal at ThoughtWorks, a global software consultancy, where she spends her time on software delivery teams with coding, architecting, coaching, and consulting. She’s been building software across all layers for more than 15 years, mainly in the space of large custom-developed websites.

  • AXA
  • Contentful
  • Datadog
  • HERE Technologies
  • QAware
  • SIG
  • Zara Tech
  • GitLab
  • NearForm
  • WhiteSource
  • Cloud Native Computing Foundation

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