Architects and Architectures

In the last few months I’ve been presenting a new session at community events that’s had a positive reception that I’m pleasantly surprised at.

It’s had several titles, but currently its “How to be a more successful architect” and I originally created it as an overview of my Microsoft Certified Architect journey, although I’ve taken it on a different course since then.

Hopefully of interest to everyone

The session is hopefully interesting to everyone in the IT industry, not just a specific type of SQL Server professional.  It’s foundation is the idea that regardless of your job title, you’re probably informally, or formally, performing the role of an architect at some point in your working day.

It could be you have to clarify someone’s requirements so you can understand how whatever you create for them demonstrates its value the most.  Or, you could you to justify to someone, or yourself, why the solution design you’ve come up with is the right design as you’ve taken a structured path to designing it.

 

Presentation slides

The slides from my most recent delivery of the session at SQLSaturday #194 in Exeter are available here.   Like all architectures its evolving, so I’m sure there’ll be newer versions in the future.

 

Presentation links

Within the presentation, and during my delivery of it, I mention numerous online resources that I recommend reviewing as you develop your IT architect skills.

 

Architect Certifications


Global IT Architect Association’s CITA-P here.

The Open Group’s Certified Architect here.

Microsoft’s Certified Architect here.

Architect Resources


Microsoft’s The Architect Journal here.

Perspectives Based Architecture for requirements gathering here.

ATAM for prioritising requirements here.

Waterfall vs. Agile methodologies here.

Influencing Without Authority book here.

MSDN Patterns and Practices library here.

Microsoft Application Architecture Guide here.

Solution Lifecycle Management


ITIL Application Life Cycle Process here.

 

Hopefully something somewhere in this post or the web links has caught your imagination, in which case, please share just what in the comments section.

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