February 23–26, 2020

Architectural Katas

6:45pm8:15pm Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Location: Gramercy West

Considering the question “How do we get great designers?” Fred Brooks points out, “Great designers design, of course.” So how do we get great architects? Without the chance to try things, how can we improve?

Architectural katas are proven exercises designed to maximize the architectural effort, minimize the unnecessary overhead, and complete all the critical elements that any architectural exercise should include: changing requirements, a customer, project constraints, a deadline, peers, and a review process. Your moderator will lead a hands-on workshop where, in small groups, you’ll answer an RFP, cook up an architecture, and present it for review. It’s the quickest way to experiment without risking your job.

No prior experience as an architect is required. In fact, having no experience might even be more beneficial—you’ll have no pre-existing ideas about how it “should” be done.

What is an Architectural Kata?

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