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Tuesday, May 2 • 1:00pm - 1:30pm
The Influential Architect: Succeeding at Scale Among Fully Autonomous Teams

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Being the only software architect in a company with many fully autonomous and agile development teams can be exasperating. The role looks simple on paper: drive good, technical solutions to business problems. But with so much going on at any given moment and constant iteration, affecting outcomes across the organization is impossible. If you can't even keep up, how can you meaningfully engage in the decision-making process? In this environment, “command-and-control”-style architects encounter significant opposition and find themselves ineffective. Instead, let’s explore a different approach. The Influential Architect is fusion of advisor, mentor, facilitator, communicator, and storyteller. As an Influential Architect, our aim is to improve outcomes across the organization without it becoming reliant on us to make key decisions. To achieve this, we must change the level of abstraction: where previously our purview has been decisions, we must now focus on people. In this talk, we'll explore what it means to be an Influential Architect, as well as some of the tools and techniques we can use to succeed. We'll cover transparent decision making, technical vision, visual storytelling, architecture principles, sensible defaults, strategic thinking, team suitability, architect suitability, and evaluating outcomes.

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Sebastian von Conrad

Sebastian heads the software architecture efforts at Envato, where he helps solve difficult technical problems for some of Australia's largest websites. He is a former development manager and developer, and he was recently president of Ruby Australia. He's spoken at conferences in... Read More →

Tuesday May 2, 2017 1:00pm - 1:30pm MDT
Conference Room A