Monday, July 15, 2013

Managing Software Architecture & Architects - Webinar

This live webinar is open (and free) to PMI (Project Management Institute) members only - contact me if you are not a PMI member but interested in the subject matter.

Live webinar capacity is limited to 1000 (on a first-join basis), but the session is recorded for later viewing.

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The PM Guide to Managing Architecture in Software Development Projects
Presenter: Yaniv Pessach,  PMP®, CSM

July 24, 2013 • 12 PM - 1 PM EST (UTC -4)
Software architecture differs from other aspects of planning and executing a project in multiple ways. It is critical to the success of complex IT projects, but managing it is less understood than the management of requirements, implementation, and testing, and it involves unique difficulties such as requiring output from senior technical staff members who may be spread across multiple projects. In this presentation, different methods of managing the architecture process and working well with software architects are presented and discussed, relying on techniques from both waterfall and agile principles.
We will discuss:
  • What is software architecture and when should it take place
  • Common approaches to software architectures, and when to pursue them
  • The role of the PM in architecture
  • Difficulties in managing the creation of software architecture
  • Common architecture frameworks

Topics Covered in the Presentation
  • What is software architecture and when should it take place?
    • Architecture has a role in the Initiating, Planning, Executing, and even the Monitoring process groups
  • What are difficulties in managing the creation of software architecture?
    • Interdependence on emerging requirements and technical understanding
    • Working with senior ICs and partially-allocated resources
    • Lack of a crystal ball
  • What are common architecture frameworks?
    • Big Design Up Front
    • Emerging
    • Good Enough Architecture
    • Time Boxed Architecture
  • What are the similarities (and conflicts) between the role of the Architect and the role of the PM?
    • Coordination with multiple stakeholders
    • Overall project oversight

Key Takeaways

  • Why software architecture differs from either planning or execution?
  • What are common approaches to software architectures, and when to pursue them?
  • What is the role of the PM in architecture?

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