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. This talk focuses on skills and actionable techniques I found useful when creating a new architecture function and leading other architects in developing a system of systems.
This talk also compares two diverse architecture challenges by storying the solutions, and with an honest look at the level of success and pivoting.
Challenge 1: start up a new EA function in an IT team comprised of solution architects leading agile scrum teams.
Challenge 2: integrate large and small vendors in a highly technical real-time proprietary system, and meet a faster-than-before schedule.
Each topic below was a key element of meeting both challenges. Each topic below is presented with story examples from my experience, and show what lead to success and what lead to pivot (fail then adapt).
Starting with the End in Mind: What is the goal?
Gaining Influence: Starts with Ownership
Energizing the team: Create Opportunities for Success with Skill Development
Communicate with the stakeholders.
Maggie Carroll has worked as a Software Architect and Enterprise Architect for the last 6 years, and has worked in Software Engineering for the last 30 years. Maggie has a variety of experience. She has helped launch 2 successful startups and has helped with several large real-time systems in the aerospace industry.
Maggie currently works as a Software Architect putting together a system of systems and enabling vendors to play well together. She loves leaning up processes and has a passion for improving team dynamics to get great results!
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