Agile + DevOps West 2020 Concurrent Session : The Zen of Architecture

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

The Zen of Architecture

In this dense session, Juval Lowy will explain his approach to system analysis and design, including how to use volatility to decompose the system into its building blocks in order to explore their relationships. This is the key area almost all architects get wrong. Juval will contrast his approach with the most common mistake done in architecture: using functionality to identify services. These are universal design principles, and Juval will use examples from software and non-software systems alike. You will also see how to overcome the real hurdles architects face pursuing volatility-based decomposing, simple and practical techniques for identifying areas of volatility, and common telltale signs or "smells" when your design is still functional.

Juval Lowy
IDesign Inc.

Juval Lowy is the founder of IDesign and a master software architect. Over the past 20 years, Juval has lead the industry in architecture and project design with some of his ideas such as microservices serving as the foundation of software design and development. Juval has helped countless companies deliver quality software on schedule and on budget and has mentored hundreds of architects across the globe, sharing his insights, techniques, and breakthroughs, in architecture, project design, development process, and technology. Juval participated in the Microsoft internal strategic design reviews and is a frequent speaker at the major international software development conferences. Juval published several bestsellers, and his recent book is Righting Software (Addison-Wesley, 2019). Juval conducts Master Classes around the world, teaching thousands of professionals the skills required of modern software architects and how to take an active role on design, process, and technology. Microsoft recognized Juval as a Software Legend as one of the world's top experts and industry leaders.