Build Systems that Drive Business
Sep 30–Oct 1, 2018: Training
Oct 1–3, 2018: Tutorials & Conference
New York, NY

Beyond accidental architecture

James Thompson (Mavenlink)
3:50pm–4:30pm Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Leadership and Career Growth
Location: Sutton South/Regent Parlor Level: Intermediate
Average rating: ***..
(3.33, 3 ratings)

Prerequisite knowledge

  • Experience managing software teams or guiding technical decision making

What you'll learn

  • Learn how to move beyond the accidental and introduce intentional architectural thinking to your team


Deliberate software architecture provides numerous benefits to teams, from helping newer engineers understand why certain boundaries exist to helping more senior engineers grow their architectural skills. Yet in many contexts, the architectures that exist represent an accident of circumstances. Join James Thompson to move beyond the accidental and introduce intentional architectural thinking to your team.

Accidental architectures exist throughout the world of software. Big balls of mud grow naturally anywhere there is a lack of deliberate architectural thinking and practice. James details ways for technical leaders within a team to introduce deliberate architectural thinking and process to environments where architecture by accident already exists.

Topics include:

  • How does accidental architecture happen?
  • How can technical leaders help turn good intentions into intentionality?
  • How can technical leaders grow architectural mindfulness in a team?
  • What processes help reinforce intentional architectural practices?
  • How do technical leaders overcome resistance to deliberate architecture?
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James Thompson


James Thompson is a principal software engineer at Mavenlink, where he is committed to helping engineering teams become more deliberate in how they build software through developing strong learning cultures, principled engineering practices, and holistic architectural thinking. He has worked with web technologies since 2003.