March meetup: Agile software architecture sketches – NoUML!

[Heads up: This talk is on Thursday, 14th March]

[Update: Due to the bad weather, we've had to reschedule to Thursday, 28th March]

Hot on the heels of our last talk, we’re ready for our next meetup. We’re lucky to have author and noted speaker Simon Brown in Dublin this March and he’s kindly offered to give us a talk  on Agile software architecture sketches:

Agility is about moving fast and this requires good communication. A consistent, shared vision is essential in order for teams to push in the same direction, but it’s surprising that many agile teams struggle to effectively communicate the architecture of the software they are building. As an industry we do have the Unified Modeling Language (UML), yet many people favour informal “boxes and lines” sketches instead. The problem is that such diagrams rarely make any sense, usually need a narrative to accompany them and ultimately slow the team down. Although we can argue whether UML offers an effective way to communicate software architecture, that’s often irrelevant because many teams have already thrown out UML or simply don’t know it. Abandoning UML is one thing but, in the race for agility, many software development teams have lost the ability to communicate visually.

This session is aimed at everybody involved in the software development process and is about improving architectural communication in an agile environment. You’ll see some patterns and anti-patterns related to NoUML diagrams and you’ll learn some simple techniques for communicating software architecture using informal sketches.

About Simon:

Simon lives in Jersey (Channel Islands) and works as an independent consultant, specialising in software architecture, technical leadership and the balance with agility. Simon regularly speaks at international software development conferences and provides consulting/training to software teams at organisations across Europe, ranging from small startups through to global blue chip companies. He is the founder of Coding the Architecture (a website about pragmatic, hands-on software architecture) and the author of Software Architecture for Developers (an e-book that is being published incrementally through Leanpub). He still likes to write code too, primarily in .NET and Java. Simon can be found on Twitter at @simonbrown.

Simon was only available on the 14th, so hope you don’t mind I’m shifting the date a bit again to accommodate (last month’s was later than normal – which is why there’s such a short gap this time). Normal service resuming shortly. Update: Simon got snowed in with the bad weather, so new date is the 28th

When & Where

The talk will be on Thursday, March 28th, in the usual location: the Central Hotel on Exchequer St. at 6.30.

It’s a free event as always thanks to our sponsors Wonga but please sign up to the EventBrite event so I know the numbers for the room.

See you there!

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One Comment

  1. Posted March 5, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    Great stuff getting Simon along guys ! looking forward to this one

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