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Intro

This course teaches you to bridge between customer needs, technological constraints, and the development process in order to deliver the best software architecture. This [process/task/working habit] is all about taking the right decisions that define the effectiveness of a system and how it fits into its environment. You will learn how to take the best architecture decisions for determining the structure and style of a good system, and the main guidelines for its realization.

This course offers a practical method that focusses on the definition of a consistent software architecture, an architecture that fits its context, and a communicable architecture. It puts the technical design both in the context of the customer and other stakeholders, and in the context of the development process.You are asked to bring your own case which will be addressed during the training. Also, the homework assignment for the period in between the two modules will focus on your case as well.

    Objective

    • Being able to recognize and set up a good software architecture;
    • Understanding and applying the main software architectural concepts;
    • Being able to analyze the context of a software architecture: application, design, process;
    • Recognizing and defining architectures for system families;
    • Understanding and applying the Architecture Reasoning Model (ARM);
    • Understanding the importance of quality attributes.

    Intended for

    People with a technical software background growing towards the role of software architect.

    Course schedule
    29-03-2022
    09:00 - 17:00
    30-03-2022
    09:00 - 17:00
    19-04-2022
    09:00 - 17:00
    20-04-2022
    09:00 - 17:00
    Location Eindhoven
    Duration 2 x 2 consecutive days
    Score
    8.6
    (Average score of last 3 editions)
    Price € 2,400 excl. VAT. *
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    Program

    ½ day:
    What is software architecture? What is the role of architecture in the development process? Going step by step through the definition of software architecture to get an understanding of what it is and what it brings.

    ½ day:
    The architecture domain (IEEE/ISO 42010). The major concepts and their relations. This standard will be used throughout the course as a framework

    2 days:
    Architecting in its context:

    • Environment and system analysis: understanding the environment and the role of the system in its environment.
    • Software development as a series of decisions: what to architect? How do you know you have enough architecture? Relation with Scrum.
    • The dominant decomposition (also known as main architecture styles).
    • Family architectures: the process, artefacts and software mechanisms in the development of families of software systems.
    • Quality attributes: what are quality attributes? Why are they important? How to find them?

    ½ day:
    Theory of Good Architecture and the Architecture Reasoning Model. These two topics are a redline throughout the whole course. 
    To establish, manage, and convey a good software architecture, the architect determines how much attention to pay to certain stakeholders, concerns, models and other architectural aspects. To make meaningful choices, the architect must first determine what a good software architecture is in this situation. If the architect has a clear picture of when the software architecture is good for a specific system and its environment, it becomes easier to actually achieve that good software architecture. To check if an architecture is good and to give direction to the architectural activities, the architect can focus on answering a given set of questions related to correctness, consistency, and communication. These questions and their answers help to identify improvement areas for the architecture.
    The architecture reasoning model (ARM) supports reasoning about a system in its environment along three dimensions: Application, Design and Process.

    • Application dimension: reasoning about the system’s meaning and value for the customer.
    • Design dimension: reasoning about the resources out of which the system is built and how it uses them.
    • Process dimension: reasoning about the processes and organization for the development and maintenance of the system.


    ½ day:
    In the second module we discuss the results of the homework assignments such that the students can reflect on the application of the theory to their own work and can learn form each other.

    Remarks:

    • Knowledge of modeling (preferably UML, or at least OO, is required);
    • Small exercises based on simple existing examples;
    • Large exercises are preferably performed on cases brought by the participants;
    • In between the two modules you will receive homework assignments which will take about one day to complete. The homework assignment will focus on your own case. During this period, you also receive online coaching from the teacher.
    • Also reserve in total about one day for reading documents.
    Methods

    Lectures, discussions, (group) exercises (possibly applied on own case). Homework assignment and preparational reading.

    Certification

    After successfully attending this course, you will receive a High Tech Institute training certificate.

     

    Remarks from participants

    "Most important items I’ve learned: Environment, architecture scope, purpose, “The circle”, standards for reference."

    Konstantin Zhulidov – Sioux Technologies B.V.

    "Most important items I’ve learned: There is more to software architecture then only the technical aspect."

    Luuk Mallens – Bosch Rexroth B.V.

    "Good course with focus to think link an architect."

    Jonas van Pelt – NXP Semiconductors Netherlands

    * Prices are subject to change. Price correction will be applied at the end of the year.