Tools for Tech Leads and Architects
Tools for Tech Leads and Architects
About the Bundle
Developers who step into a larger role as tech lead or architect often find that their role has become more exciting, but also more challenging. Unfortunately, learning to become a good tech lead or architect is less straightforward than learning a new tool or programming language. There are also generally fewer resources available.
The best way to acquire the soft skills to lead a development team or to pursue an architecture strategy in large enterprise is to learn from others’ experiences. The authors therefore decided to document those experiences, both personal and based on interviews. Combined, these books teach you what you need to know for your next career step.
37 Things One Architect Knows About IT Transformation
A Chief Architect's Journey
This book shows architects and technology leaders how to take an active role in enterprise IT transformation by combining organization, technical, and communication skills.
Many large enterprises are feeling pressure from the rapid digitalization of the world: digital disruptors attack unexpectedly with brand-new business models; the "FaceBook generation" has dramatically different user expectations; and a whole slew of new technologies has become available to everyone with a credit card. This is tough stuff for enterprises that have been, and still are, very successful, but are built around traditional technology and organizational structures. "Turning the tanker", as the need to transform is often described, has become a board room-level topic in many traditional enterprises. Not as easily done as said.
Chief IT Architects and CTOs play a key role in such a digital transformation endeavor. They combine the technical, communication, and organizational skill to understand how a tech stack refresh can actually benefit the business, what "being agile" and "DevOps" really mean, and what technology infrastructure is needed to assure quality while moving faster. Their job is not an easy one, though: they must maneuver in an organization where IT is often still seen as a cost center, where operations means "run" as opposed to "change", and where middle-aged middle-management has become cozy neither understanding the business strategy nor the underlying technology. It's no surprise then that IT architects have become some of the most sought-after IT professionals around the globe.
This book supports IT architects with the skills necessary to become effective not just in systems architecture, but also in shaping and driving the necessary transformation of large-scale IT departments. In today’s world, technical transformation and organizational transformation have become inseparable.
Organized into 37 episodes, this book explains:
- The role and qualities of an architect in a large enterprise
- Architecture at enterprise scale
- Communicating to a variety of stakeholders
- Understanding organizational structures and systems
- Transforming traditional organizations
Armed with these insights, architects and CTOs will be able to ride the Architect Elevator up and down the organization to instill lasting change.
Praise for 37 Things One Architect Knows:
"As a Business executive and former CTO, this is an enjoyably readable description of an IT Chief Architect’s role and practical methods of influence. I recommend this book to technical staff aspiring to become Chief Architect or CTO." -- Matthew Rawlings, Head of Middle Office and Operations, Bloomberg LP
"Great architects have battle scars and stories to tell. 37 Things reveals a journey that gives character to Gregor’s battle scars and demonstrates how to achieve architecture awesomeness." -- Alexandre Lopes Global Head of Architecture and Service Design, Zurich Insurance Company Ltd
"Gregor shares his hard-learned lessons about enterprise IT using a witty pen. 37 Things has the potential to become a classic for those who need to understand the forces surrounding the IT function in large enterprises. It deserves to be read by an audience far larger than those working on the inside of IT." -- Einar Landre, Leading Analyst IT, COO CIT DIG, Statoil ASA
Talking with Tech Leads
From Novices to Practitioners
A book for Tech Leads, from Tech Leads.
This book is for you if you're leading software teams, or just about to start leading software teams. Inside you will read stories from people who have been in this position, and the lessons they have learned along the way.
The book is split into two main sections:
- Novices – Developers, like yourself, who just transitioned into the role of a Technical Leader
- Practitioners – Seasoned Technical Leaders who have lead a team for a long time, or have lead many different software teams
Each group gives you a different insight into what it means to be a Tech Lead.
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