Engineering the Future of Software
29–31 Oct 2018: Tutorials & Conference
31 Oct–1 Nov 2018: Training
London, UK

How to improve your architectural visualizations

13:1514:05 Tuesday, 30 October 2018
Leadership skills
Location: King's Suite - Balmoral Level: Intermediate
Secondary topics:  Best Practice, Overview

Who is this presentation for?

Architects communicating with other (business) stakeholders about architecture

Prerequisite knowledge


What you'll learn

Attendees will have seen theories and practical examples of architecture-relevant visual communication, and have gained inspiration to improve their architecture descriptions, especially when communicating to non-IT stakeholders. The advice in the presentation is very practical, and can be applied literally in the next week.


Describing software or IT architectures, and effectively communicating about architecture to (business) stakeholders is a relevant and important skill for architects. Many of us can advance in that skill, since communicating (about) architecture is important… but also hard, especially to non-technical stakeholders.

Similar to a presentation at O’Reilly Software Architecture conference in NYC, this presentation presents relevant theories, techniques and examples of creating architecture visualizations that are attractive, informative, and easier to understand for non-technical audiences.

Visual communication (of architecture) has many facets to look at, and can take many forms. The presentation will touch upon theory, examples and practical advice on each of those facets: basic visual attributes, composition / layout, color, text, graphs, sketches, icons and images, stories.

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Jochem Schulenklopper


Jochem Schulenklopper is an IT architect at Xebia, an international IT consultancy company.

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