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Applying reusability in information architecture

Edwin McKain (Independent Consultant)
9:0012:30 Tuesday, 5 November 2019
Location: Hall A7
Secondary topics:  Hands-on, Theoretical

Who is this presentation for?

  • Software architects and software engineers




Edwin Maldonado explores some of the ways to support pure content changes from the editorial team so you can handle broadcasts from your editors to multiple devices. To design a reusable information architecture, you should consider the business, project, and technical constraints in play. You’ll go through the process of requirements gathering and information architecture design iterations.

To validate the designs, you’ll address the following topics: Reusability (the ability to reuse different pieces of content), governance (the granularity in terms of roles and permissions), fitting needs (the design solves what you want it to solve), composition (the pieces of content you need on the delivery side and if there are enough of them), and sync versus async publishing (if you need to have asynchronous publications, such as releasing content first for a region or country due to legal terms). You’ll learn by doing and get to make diagrams and mockups.

Prerequisite knowledge

  • Experience with software engineering and quality attributes (agility)
  • A working knowledge of CMSs

Materials or downloads needed in advance

  • A WiFi-enabled laptop with Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome installed
  • A notebook and a pen

What you'll learn

  • Learn to identify the key parts that every good reusable content needs to have in order to be used by multiple devices
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Edwin McKain

Independent Consultant

Edwin Maldonado is an independent software engineer and a technical architect at Contentful, where he has the chance to review integration and information architectures. He also has experience in the fintech industry, where he spent several years working with ACH (Americas) and SEPA (Europe). Besides the daily work, Edwin loves to talk about software architecture, watch history documentaries, and learn about urban planning.

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Edwin McKain | Software Architect
4/11/2019 19:57 CET

Hey everyone,

This is the link to the content structuring katas pool. Make sure to download the file, in case of any wifi issues.


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