Software Architecture for Developers
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Software Architecture for Developers

Technical leadership and the balance with agility

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This book is a practical, pragmatic and lightweight guide to software architecture, specifically aimed at developers, and focussed around the software architecture role and process.

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Simon Brown
Simon Brown

Simon is an independent software development consultant specializing in software architecture; specifically technical leadership, communication, and lightweight, pragmatic approaches to software architecture. Simon is the author of "Software Architecture for Developers", a developer-friendly guide to software architecture, technical leadership, the balance with agility and communicating software architecture with sketches, diagrams, and models. He is also the creator of the C4 model and the founder of Structurizr, a collection of tooling to help teams visualise, document and explore their software architecture.

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Table of Contents

    • 1. About the book
      • Why did I write the book?
      • A new approach to software development?
    • 2. About the author
    • 3. Acknowledgements
  • I Architecture
    • 4. What is “software architecture”?
      • Architecture as a noun - structure
      • Architecture as a verb - vision
      • Types of architecture
      • Towards a definition of “software architecture”
      • Enterprise architecture - strategy rather than code
      • Architecture vs design
      • Is software architecture important?
      • Does every software project need software architecture?
    • 5. Architectural drivers
      • 1. Functional requirements
      • 2. Quality Attributes (non-functional requirements)
      • 3. Constraints
      • 4. Principles
      • Understand their influence
  • II Architects
    • 6. The software architecture role
      • 1. Architectural drivers
      • 2. Designing software
      • 3. Technical risks
      • 4. Technical leadership
      • 5. Quality assurance
      • Software architecture is a role, not a rank
      • Create your own definition of the role
    • 7. Technical leadership
      • Controlling chaos
      • Collaborative technical leadership is not easy
      • Do agile teams need software architects?
      • Software development is not a relay sport
      • Mind the gap
    • 8. Software architects and coding
      • A step back in time
      • Should software architects write code?
      • The tension between coding and being senior
      • Software as an engineering discipline
    • 9. The skills and knowledge of a software architect
      • Technology skills
      • Soft skills
      • Domain knowledge
      • From developer to architect
      • Tips for new software architects
  • III Architecting
    • 10. Managing technical risks
      • Quantifying and prioritising risks
      • Identifying risks
      • Mitigating risks
      • Risk ownership
    • 11. Software architecture in the delivery process
      • The conflict between agile and architecture
      • Technical vs functional design
      • Software architecture provides boundaries
      • How much up front design should you do?
      • Firm foundations
      • Contextualising just enough up front design
      • Introducing software architecture
      • The essence of software architecture
  • IV Appendices
    • 12. Appendix A: Financial Risk System
      • Background
      • Functional Requirements
      • Non-functional Requirements
  • Notes

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