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Become a Better Software Architect

Actions & Insights from Practical Experience

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Have you ever wondered how software engineers become software architects? Or how software architects become chief architects? This book discusses 12 of the most important skills every software architect should have and how you can develop and improve these skills. 

This book is different: It provides real, practical made experience with tangible examples which you can immediately apply, as well as actions which focus on long term improvements. Many insights are backed up by scientific studies or thought leaders. Further reading is provided in form of book references, overviews, templates and videos to dive deeper into your area of interest.

It’s all about the human: People are creating software. Learn how to make a difference and accelerate your personal performance in an uncertain and increasingly fast-paced world. Unfold your full potential and become a better software architect.

About the Author

Kai Niklas
Kai Niklas

Enables ideas and innovation with modern and robust Enterprise and Integration Architectures. Digitalizes and automates business processes. Supports in getting a data driven company. Proven agile mindset in a scaled and distributed agile environment. PhD in the field of SOA. SAP for insurance. Believes in an AI powered future.


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Table of Contents

I. Foreword 

1. About this book

1.1. What things will you learn?

1.2. Focus on the human

1.3. Are the things proven to work?

II. Introduction

2. Introduction - The Software Architect

2.1. Definitions - Software Architect

2.2. Architecture Flight Levels and Domains

2.3. Typical Activities of Software Architects

2.4. Important Skills of Software Architects

III. Skills of an Architect

3. Design - Theory

3.1. Know the basic design patterns

3.2. Dig deeper into patterns and anti-pattern

3.3. Know quality measures and metrics

4. Design - Practice 

4.1. Try out and understand different technology stacks

4.2. Analyze and understand applied patterns

4.3. Be curious and attend User Groups

4.4. Take responsibility during implementation

5. Decide 

5.1. Know what is important

5.2. Learn to Prioritize

5.3. Evaluate multiple options

5.4. Know your competence

5.5. Decentralized decisions

6. Simplify

6.1. Shake the solution

6.2. Take a step back

6.3. Divide and Conquer

6.4. Refactoring is not evil

7. Code 

7.1. Have a side project

7.2. Find the right things to try out

7.3. Clean Code

8. Document 

8.1. Clean Code – Revisited

8.2. Generate documentation whenever possible

8.3. Use models

8.4. As much as necessary, as little as possible

8.5. Learn more about architecture frameworks

9. Communicate 

9.1. Learn how to communicate and facilitate

9.2. Be comfortable with talking to larger groups

9.3. Find the right level of communication

9.4. Communicate often

9.5. Be transparent

9.6. Be always prepared to give a presentation

9.7. Avoid slang, irony or sarcasm

10. Estimate and Evaluate 

10.1. Know basics of estimation

10.2. Evaluate “unknown” architecture

11. Balance 

11.1. Quality comes at a price

11.2. Solve contradicting goals

11.3. Conflict management

12. Consult and Coach

12.1. Have a vision

12.2. Use roadmaps and maturity models

12.3. Build a community of practice (CoP)

12.4. Conduct open-door sessions

12.5. Lead by asking questions

12.6. Be trustworthy

13. Market

13.1. Motivate and convince

13.2. Find allies

13.3. Repeat It, Believe It

13.4. Fight for your ideas and be persistent

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