Agile Architecture: The Why, the What and the How

Never has architecture been more important than now. With the Agile movement gaining steam with new methods such as Kanban, Architecture seems to have been left behind. True, Scrum has finally recognized that a framework ignoring technical methods is risky, and SAFeTM started out acknowledging the need for test-first and code quality. But Architecture still seems to get second shrift compared to other Agile topics.

This seminar discusses why Agile architecture is so important. It then discusses what Agile architecture needs to accomplish and provides some methods in how to achieve this. This seminar will touch on the why, what and how as summarized here:

Why. Architecture, whether Agile or otherwise, needs to provide the following:

  • A vision
  • Enable extensions to the system
  • Enable new ways of implementing existing concepts
  • Foster testability throughout the system
  • De-couple systems from the application
  • Facilitate reuse of common functions across teams

How. To build Agile architectures, one must be able to:

  • Do Emergent design
  • Do Testing at the behavior and functional level
  • Understand the different perspectives of conceptual Vs specification; creation from using; and system architecture from application architecture

What. Agile architectures will then enable us to:

  • Inject new concepts with little to no rework
  • Add new implementations of existing concepts with only minimally affecting the existing system
  • Change the system with little risk of introducing errors and full confidence that if you do you will detect them

Come for an informative session. It will leave you with insights and new ways to approach your challenges.


6:00-6:30pm Food and networking
6:30-8:00pm Presentation
8:00-8:30pm Wrap up as desired



Take I-5 To 45th East
Turn Right on Memorial Way Northeast
At the traffic circle, take the 2nd exit right onto Spokane Lane
Turn left on Chelan
Savery Hall is on the right in the
Center for Social Science and Computational Research

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Put in 'Savery Hall UW'


  The Central Plaza Garage (underground) is closest. Level C1 and level C2 has wheelchair and disability parking.
  There is also disability and wheelchair accessibility parking located across Chelan Lane near Raitt Hall.


Andrea Bain at 425-830-3241 if you need further assistance

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Jun. 20, 2013 1:00am to 3:30am PDT
Cost: Free
Savery Hall 264, University of Washington
Center for Social Science and Computational Research Building |
Corner of Chelan Ln and Spokane Ln
Seattle WA 98105 US
Questions or problems with registration or directions? Contact Mike Shalloway for assistance.
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PDUs: 1 PDU Category B

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