Success as an architect comes from more than technical expertise and solid ideas. It’s a leadership role that requires effective communication to succeed, a challenge which is made more difficult by the ecosystem that the architect works in. Communication involves much more than simply documenting and diagramming. Architects need to get input from and communicate their thoughts to a wide range of stakeholders, including business representatives, project managers, development team members, and designers.
Seth Dobbs explores the illusion of communication and shares a process for effectively communicating your solutions to different stakeholders. If you have trouble getting your development team to buy into your approach, always have the issues you bring to the business owner shot down, or fail to engage the design team, resulting in being given designs that can’t be built on time and on budget, join Seth to learn the tools and strategies you need to become a more effective communicator.
Seth Dobbs is the vice president of engineering at HS2 Solutions, where he directs the development of ecommerce, web, and mobile applications, digital transformations, and other solutions for numerous clients ranging from small startups to companies such as Domino’s Pizza, Zipcar, and HNI. This work includes architecting an ecommerce system that grew to be the fourth largest transactional commerce system on the internet. Seth sets the technology direction at HS2 Solutions and drives the technical skill development by organizing and presenting deep dives into new languages, database platforms, and methodologies. He also has developed several internal architecture training courses that he delivers periodically and blogs occasionally about leadership and technology. Seth was recently named Chicago’s best technology manager for 2016 by Tech in Motion. He began his career as a software engineer at Motorola, where he was first exposed to complex architectures and where he designed and implemented a service-based framework enabling data services to be distributed and recoverable across multiple servers. Seth holds a BS in computer science from Illinois Tech.
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