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Beyond the technical: Succeed at leading a software architecture team

Maggie Carroll (MAG Aerospace)
11:0011:45 Wednesday, 6 November 2019
Location: Hall A5
Secondary topics:  Best Practice, Case Study, Overview
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Who is this presentation for?

  • Software architects and software architecture leaders




Software architects and enterprise architects work with a variety of roles. Often the deep technical work is performed by other application architects or solutions architects. Maggie Carroll explores developing influence as well as skills and actionable techniques she found useful when creating a new enterprise architecture (EA) function and a tool for remaining productive as a leader. She develops a framework for using less than 10 hours each week to avoiding the “firefighting” mode and remaining productive as a leader.

Maggie takes an honest look at the level of success and pivoting for starting up a new EA function in an IT team comprised of solution architects leading agile Scrum teams. Each of her topics was a key element of meeting both challenges and is presented with examples from her experience, showing what led to success and what led to pivot (fail then adapt).

The first step is to ask what the goal is and begin with the end in mind. You must align with corporate strategy, find alignments with business partners, and identify artifacts to communicate ongoing success, such as a road map or a schedule. She also suggests that gaining influence starts with ownership—business partners are key stakeholders. To energize the team, you need to create opportunities for success with skill development, including effective estimation, governance that works, deciding whether or not to meet, and the need to celebrate, acknowledge, and reward. Finally, you have to lather, rinse, and repeat by documenting your business rhythm, following your business rhythm, improving your business rhythm, and communicating with the stakeholders.

Prerequisite knowledge

  • Experience leading a team or multiple teams

What you'll learn

  • Understand that you have to spend 20%–25% of your time outside of the technical and what to do with that time
  • Learn to identify stakeholders, align with stakeholder goals, communicate consistently with stakeholders, and influence by using consistent messaging
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Maggie Carroll

MAG Aerospace

Maggie Carroll is a senior engineer at MAG Aerospace, putting together a system of systems and enabling vendors to play well together. Maggie has been a software architect and enterprise architect for the last six years and has worked in software engineering for the last 30 years. She helped launch two successful startups and has helped with several large real-time systems in the aerospace industry. Maggie loves leaning up processes and has a passion for improving team dynamics to get great results.

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

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