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Just Enough Software Architecture: A Risk-Driven Approach [Hardcover]

George H. Fairbanks (Author)

This is a practical guide for software developers, and different than other software architecture books. Here's why:

It teaches risk-driven architecting. There is no need for meticulous designs when risks are small, nor any excuse for sloppy designs when risks threaten your success. This book describes a way to do just enough architecture. It avoids the one-size-fits-all process tar pit with advice on how to tune your design effort based on the risks you face.

It democratizes architecture. This book seeks to make architecture relevant to all software developers. Developers need to understand how to use constraints as guiderails that ensure desired outcomes, and how seemingly small changes can affect a system's properties.

It cultivates declarative knowledge. There is a difference between being able to hit a ball and knowing why you are able to hit it, what psychologists refer to as procedural knowledge versus declarative knowledge. This book will make you more aware of what you have been doing and provide names for the concepts.

It emphasizes the engineering. This book focuses on the technical parts of software development and what developers do to ensure the system works not job titles or processes. It shows you how to build models and analyze architectures so that you can make principled design tradeoffs. It describes the techniques software designers use to reason about medium to large sized problems and points out where you can learn specialized techniques in more detail.

It provides practical advice. Software design decisions influence the architecture and vice versa. The approach in this book embraces drill-down/pop-up behavior by describing models that have various levels of abstraction, from architecture to data structure design.


Monday, April 27, 2015
Welcome to Southern California .NET Architecture Users Group
The next SoCal IASA chapter meet The next SoCal IASA chapter meeting will be Thursday April 28, 2015 at Outsource Technical, 2 Corporate Plaza, Suite 125, Newport Beach, CA 92660. Meeting starts at 7:00 pm, pizza and networking 6:30 pm. Meeting cost is $5 to help us cover the cost of food and beverages. RSVP by emailing to David Wells if you plan to attend.

 

Combined meeting this month with SoCal .NET Architecture

 

Emergent Architecture

 

With Scrum and other forms of agile software development we focus on incrementally evolving architecture one sprint or iteration at a time and avoid the potential waste of big design up front. What's this really mean? We talk about doing just enough just in time. We need to deliver a potentially shippable increment of working software every sprint.

 

So where and when do we plan, and how much? What about the big picture? How does our architecture fit within the enterprise? How does it facilitate our business objectives? How do we manage risk? And, what about all the details? What tools are we using, what standards are we adhering to, how are we managing maintainability and all the other NFR's? Is everything integrating together nicely? And, what is role of the solution/enterprise architect in an agile world?

 

This session is all about helping you understand architecture in the world of today's agile software development. Join us for a discussion that we can all learn from.

 

Mike Vincent

 

Mike VincentMike Vincent is a veteran software entrepreneur and solutions architect based in Orange County, California and Kona, Hawaii. He currently provides clients throughout North America with application lifecycle management training, consultation and Scrum coaching primarily focusing on Microsoft .NET technology. He has been in the software business for over 30 years in addition to marketing management, construction management and structural engineering positions. Actively involved in the user group community since the early 90's, Mike is a past Vice President and Treasurer of INETA Noram. He is a frequent presenter at developer events including Microsoft TechEd and PDC. He is a Visual Studio Application Lifecycle Management MVP, Professional Scrum Master, Professional Scrum Product Owner, and Professional Scrum Developer Trainer.

 


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