Architectural Leadership and Other Skills
We informally call this the "How to be Great" workshop, for it is a workshop that focuses on the soft skills of the architect, and uses the architect skills framework laid out in the paper of that title. As an architect, you pursue excellence. You demand it of yourself and of your architecture, and you place correspondingly high demands on your organization. This class helps you chart your path to excellence, and take key steps along it.
You will work on essential architecting skills, including:
- leadership skills such as creating and communicating an architectural vision;
- consulting skills such as interviewing architecture stakeholders, leading architecture reviews, and taking criticism constructively;
- political awareness building such as understanding organizational networks and influencing; and
- strategy skills such as building technology roadmaps and scenario analysis.
We also go into innovation, system thinking, and other areas that challenge you to new heights in the technology domain.
More and more organizations are creating the role of architect, recognizing that creating and deploying an architecture demands special talents and focus. Though this is a new field, we have been working with and studying world-class system and software architects for a number of years. Based on this experience, we have identified a number of critical domains within which the architect works.
Clearly, the role has a core technical aspect to it, but this is only sufficient to create a good architecture. To create the right architecture, the architect also needs a good sense of strategy--understanding business strategy and being able to translate that into a compelling technical strategy. And that is not sufficient to ensure that the architecture is successful. First, it requires organizational politics to gain and sustain the support of the management community throughout the architecture’s creation and deployment to the developers. In addition, to ensure the architecture doesn’t simply gather dust on the engineers’ bookshelves, architects need to act as consultants to the engineering community, helping them to understand the architecture and the rationale behind it. Lastly, architects need to be strong leaders, aligning the organization behind a powerful vision that motivates and guides.
In the workshop, we will develop a model of the role, responsibilities and skills of an architect. We share stories from our real-world experience, and throughout the workshop we help you to build skills with experiential exercises.
This is an integrated workshop covering strategy, leadership, organizational dynamics/politics, consulting, system thinking, visualization, etc. from the perspective of architects. The alternative would be individual classes on these topics and that's a lot of courses! Or a lot of books to read.
The technical aspects of the architect role, such as system and requirements modeling are introduced in this workshop, but covered in depth in the Software Architecture Workshop.
The Role of the Architect workshop addresses such questions as:
- What skills do I need? Where should I focus my personal development?
- What have others learned in creating architectures? What works? What does not?
- What should we do to make our architecture successful?
- What should we communicate, to whom?
This class covers topics addressed in the report we wrote for Cutter Consortium's EA Executive Report series, and more. See Cutter's site at http://www.cutter.com/offers/greatarchitect.html to download the report.
Why This Class?
This class focuses on the non-technical aspects of architecting. It will help you develop skills in areas central to the architect role, but not dealt with in other courses, academic programs or conferences.
This 3-day workshop covers the following topics:
Introduction to the Role of the Architect
- Architecting pitfalls and critical success factors
- The architecting process
- The role of the Architect
- Architect as consultant
- Interviewing Architecture Stakeholders
- Analyzing and synthesizing input
- Facilitation and the art of leading team processes
- Leading Architecture Reviews
- Taking criticism
- Architect as leader
- Stories and leadership
- How to create and sell an Architectural Vision
- Architect as strategist
- Context Maps
- Technology Roadmaps
- Scenario Analysis
- Architect as organizational politician
- Organizational networks and influence
- Building an Architecture Communication Plan
- Architect as technical lead
- Views, modeling and visualization
- Creativity tools and innovation
The 1-day version of the class covers much the same topics, but has fewer exercises and covers less of the concepts, models and techniques. It is a good companion to the 4-day Software Architecture Workshop, but can be taken on its own.
Exercises form a large component of this four-day workshop, which is oriented toward building skills rather than simply exposing students to new concepts. Also, case studies and stories from our experience are used to integrate real-world lessons into the workshop.
This workshop is designed for architects and senior system design engineers. Managers of architecture teams will also benefit.
The cost for the 3-day open enrollment class is US$1800 per student.
We offer a discount for registrations received before the early enrollment cut-off date posted on the enrollment form.
Note: We only accept a maximum of 16 participants, so register early to avoid disappointment.
Continental breakfasts, lunches and snacks will be provided, but workshop participants are responsible for dinners and their own accommodations.
Note: We only accept a maximum of 16 participants, so register early to avoid disappointment. Lunches and morning and afternoon snacks will be provided, but workshop participants are responsible for dinners and their own accommodations.
We offer a 10% discount when you enroll 3 or more people from the same company in the same workshop "at the same time". (We cannot retroactively apply the discount to people from your company who may already have completed the registration process.)
The price includes the workshop binder with color copies of the slides and notes, and a set of our Architecture Action Guides.
Workshops in the US: We will refund the registration fee less a 5% processing fee if cancellations are made more than 30 days in advance of the workshop start date. Cancellations made 30 days or less from the workshop start date are not refundable. However, student substitutions may be made any time prior to the start of the workshop.
Workshops outside the US: We will refund the registration fee less a 5% processing fee if cancellations are made more than 6 weeks in advance of the workshop start date. Cancellations made within 6 weeks of the workshop start date are not refundable. However, student substitutions may be made any time prior to the start of the workshop.
All Please Note: We reserve the right to cancel or reschedule any workshop if enrollments are below the minimum necessary to cover costs and provide good class participation. This rarely happens, and we will keep registrants informed if enrollments are low enough to cause concern. If we are forced to cancel for any reason (such as major personal calamity including severe sudden illness or injury), our obligation will be limited to a full refund of class enrollment fees or transfer of the registration to a future workshop.
We will be holding open enrollment Architectural Leadership and Other Skills Workshops: Chicago, IL, July 16-18, 2013, 2013
On-site: If 6 or more people from your company would like to attend this class, you may find it more cost effective (taking travel costs into account) to hold the class at your company site. Please call us at (812) 335-1653 or email email@example.com for pricing and schedule.
Suggest a venue: If there is a location and timing that you are particularly interested in, please let us know.
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