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  • Dato: Onsdag 24. Juni 2009. 18:00-21:00
  • Sted: Scotsman
  • Tema: Laws for project architects
    • Talks from IASA Geek Cruise
    • Hvordan hindre at IT arkitekter skaper mere problemer enn de løser
    • How to help ivory tower architects to support agile and productive projects



I Juni vil vi presentere de viktigste poengene og konklusjonene fra Geek Cruise workshoppen. Vi vil fokusere på de mest konkrete og praktiske områdene, slik at vi raskt kan få bygget starten på en platform for videre arbeid med kompetanseheving, samt dyrekjøpt erfaring som man umiddelbart kan ta ibruk i hverdagen.


  • Kort intro v/Totto 5 min, eller Leif
  • Laws for project architects 35 min Stig Lau, Bouvet AS
    • A rundown of the key rules that applies which makes projects architects active and positive contributors to IT in projects. Some Laws, does they apply. Discussion after.
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  • 80-20 regelen for prosjektarkitekter Lyntale 15 min Bård Lind, Objectware/Telenor Mobil
    • En gjennomgang av hvorfor 80-20 regelen er nødvendig og diskusjoner på hva dette egentlig betyr for deg som arkitekt
  • Even self-organizing teams must have an architect! 50 min Bård Lind, Objectware/Telenor Mobil
    • The purpose of this talk is to communicate the responsibilities of the different architectural roles and see how this affects the mandate and responsibilities of an agile, self-organizing team.
  • Open Space discussions



@dagb I really liked the discussions during the evening! Hot outside, and hot topics inside. #IASA

@kristoffer79 @ketilv @jhannes "Architect" might be a temporary name. Tech Lead or Chief Engineer might describe the role better.

#IASA Conclusion from yesterday. An architect is an leader. Leadership is about communication and creating a learning organization.

Architecture is easy, thats only technology. Beeing a sw-architect is more. Analysis, communication, coaching, bringing the best in people.

@jhannes Erosion of shared responsibility results in failure in delivering the right solution. Build culture, not a single authority. IMHO

@kristoffer79 really wish you had come to the meeting yesterday. Hefty discussions till late. We do agree on most issues.


Even considering the nice weather this evenings #IASA meeting at #scotsman was well spent.

@javatotto @jhannes @baardl Architecture thinking needs to wired into project culture, but often there is need for a leader

@baardl Yes I liked last #IASA meeting 2. Had to leave for last bus til Elverum. DId you continue for long?

@jhannes I'm not saying you should ignore personnel risks, but won't that be a problem in all knowledgebased work?

@jhannes cn U complete remove personnel risk? I cn believe in reducing it, in a sw prj (working lk an ant colony?) sounds a bit utopian..


@javatotto @jhannes @baardl Self-organizing teams can organize architecture too! An "unofficial lead developer" is preferred in my world.

@baardl @jhannes @javatotto I believe "architect" is an out-of-date title, at least for actual developers.

@jhannes @baardl +1 on the bottleneck theory. "Architects" gone in meetings cause ad-hoc architecture decisions anyhow. Get rid of them!


@baardl Self-organizing team do need architecture, but probably should be wary of having "one Architect"

@baardl The problem of The Architect is not the name but the bottleneck. If some one has the authority, shared responsibility is eroded.

@baardl Fire the architect, hire a coach instead.

@javatotto Centralized architecture responsibility doesn't scale and is very susceptible to personnel risks.

@dagb The whole idea of self-org teams is to remove personnel risks. I'm living it now.

@dagb We integrate 1 new member per iteration, rotate freely between tasks, only linear slowdown when someone's missing. Pair prog FTW

@leifauke Self-organizing != anarchy. The group agrees on working principles and we're is hired to deliver features. That's "law" enough.


Great discussions at last night #IASA meeting - even agile project needs an architect presentations on-line RSN

@jhannes @baardl self-organizing teams need "someone" to make balanced and consistent design decisions across teams and time.. which is...

@kjetilv re #autocratecture : it is a responsibility... who/how and by what name - I do not really care #IASA

@jhannes shared responsibility does not fulfill the responsibility of balance across team and time successfully in the real world..

@kjetilv plural is fine by me.... as long as the responsibility is carried out successfully

@kristoffer79 the title may be outdated.. but projects/developers does not do a better job at architecture today than 10 years ago

@jhannes who is talking about centralized architecture responsibility? lack of org.scope does not scale at all!


@jhannes @javatotto And the dysfunctions of siloism, with the waste of hand-offs. Seen it in practice (too) many times.


@baardl any sizable code base needs architectURE for longevity. whoever champions it may call themselves architect, if they want.

@javatotto you assume that balance and consistency require a single source and/or authority. new word! "autocratecture"

@javatotto then I don't see the value of focusing on that special "someone" – unless you mean "someone" could also be plural?


@jhannes sounds nice, but no disadvantage for nobody if someone fills leading roles. Anarchy has never proven to work anywhere. False beauty

@jhannes Decisions made by BAD leaders create bottlenecks and decisions made by BADLY oganized groups create bottlenecks

@jhannes @dagb @javatotto We assume there is a defined target. Leading is setting path to target. If this is done by a cooperate lead, fine!

@jhannes @dagb @javatotto Overall leadership is making sure individuals or groups perform decisions leading to target and responsibillity for results

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