Engineering the Future of Software
April 2–3, 2017: Training
April 3–5, 2017: Tutorials & Conference
New York, NY

Business skills

The importance of good leadership and management skills can not be overestimated in businesses, both big and small. Incorporating these skills into an already technically diversified skill set creates the powerful professionals we need as software architects. Leaders that understand technology and entrepreneurship have a strategic advantage in an ever-crowded marketplace. How do you infuse and transform your organization with an entrepreneurial spirit? How do you create a team of professionals that grow with the company? How do you communicate and execute your vision?

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9:00am–12:30pm Monday, April 3, 2017
Location: Nassau East/West
Level: Intermediate
Jochem Schulenklopper and Hans-Jürgen Jacobs demonstrate how to (visually) communicate architecture to non-IT stakeholders, sharing relevant theories, techniques, and examples for creating architecture visualizations that are attractive, informative, and easier to understand. You'll then apply your newly gained knowledge in an interactive, small-group workshop with a prepared case. Read more.
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8:15am–8:45am Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Location: 3rd Floor Promenade
Jump-start your networking at Software Architecture by coming to Speed Networking on Tuesday morning before the keynotes begin. Bring your business cards and prepare a minute of patter about yourself, your projects, and your interests. Read more.
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1:15pm–2:05pm Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Location: Sutton North/Center
Level: Non-technical
Mark Heckler (Pivotal)
We go to conferences and get excited about things that could revolutionize our development and change our organization. Then, we go home—and hit the wall. If you've ever said, "This stuff is cool, but how can I get my company to do it?" this is the session for you. Mark Heckler, an experienced software developer (who also happens to have an MBA), explains how to make your case to leadership. Read more.
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4:50pm–5:40pm Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Location: Beekman Parlor
Level: Intermediate
Wes Chow (Chartbeat)
How does a small engineering team decide which technologies to use? Or whether to be open source or not? To be self-hosted or in the cloud? Wes Chow discusses the choices Chartbeat has made, how they’ve succeeded and failed, and the framework by which the company makes decisions and argues for transparency and empathy from free and proprietary technologists to ease the pain. Read more.
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8:15am–8:45am Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Location: 3rd Floor Promenade
Jump-start your networking at Software Architecture by coming to Speed Networking on Wednesday morning before the keynotes begin. Bring your business cards and prepare a minute of patter about yourself, your projects, and your interests. Read more.