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So you think you might be an architect

Sonya Natanzon (Guardant Health)
1:15pm2:05pm Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Location: Murray Hill
Secondary topics:  Anti-Pattern, Best Practice, Overview
Average rating: ****.
(4.46, 13 ratings)

Who is this presentation for?

  • Aspiring or newly minted software architects and senior software engineers




We all hear the title software architect. It consistently makes the list of the most highly paid technical jobs. But you may not know what it means to be a software architect, what a software architect does, or how to become one. Perhaps someone gave you the title, but you’re not sure what’s expected of you. Or perhaps you suspect you might already be doing a job of a software architect, but can’t quite pinpoint how you made the leap or explain it to others.

Sonya Natanzon shares her perspective on what a software architect does, what skills are needed to become a software architect, how to develop those skills, and how to avoid software architect anti-patterns so you don’t become a bad one. A software architect provides multiple facets of leadership—technical, people, and thought. Learn what the right mixture is, how to achieve it, and how to compensate for deficiencies.

Prerequisite knowledge

  • A basic understanding of complex software development

What you'll learn

  • Understand what a software architect does, what skills are needed to become a software architect, and how to develop those skills
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Sonya Natanzon

Guardant Health

Sonya Natanzon is an integration solutions architect at Guardant Health, where she’s passionate about helping patients by writing software. Sonya has over 15 years of experience in the healthcare industry. She started out as a software developer and bounced around a number of industries before invariably returning to healthcare.

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Matt Staff | Senior Web Developer
03/03/2020 12:03pm EST

Thank you! They are now available.

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Sonya Natanzon | Solutions Architect
03/02/2020 3:58pm EST

I tried posting them earlier, but apparently didn’t succeed. I sent them to conference organizers to post on the website; in the meantime, you are welcome to ping me on LinkedIn and I’ll share them with you directly.

Matt Staff | Senior Web Developer
03/02/2020 3:52am EST

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