SEI Webinar April 22: Nanette Brown, Agile Development and Software Architecture: Crossing the Great Divide

Thursday, April 22, 2010
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT
Cost: Free

Abstract

Agile development and software architecture are frequently seen as two divergent schools of thought or “camps.” Agile developers often refer to architecture as Big Design Upfront (BDUF) and may regard the architect’s major output as merely shelfware.  Proponents of architecture-centric software development may see Agilists as undisciplined or short-sighted, engaged in endless rounds of refactoring that architectural foresight could have forestalled.

In reality, Agile development and software architecture practices are complementary. Focused attention on architectural concerns becomes critical as Agile development scales up to handle larger and more complex systems. Agile development’s focus on customer value, rapid feedback, and response to change can provide practices that help architects deal with ever more volatile environments and increasingly compressed delivery cycles.

In this webinar, we will take a journey to each camp to dispel misconceptions and discuss how Agilists and architects can learn from and benefit each other.

Register.

About the Speaker

nanette_updatedNanette Brown is a visiting scientist with the Software Engineering Institute’s Research, Technology and System Solutions Program and is a principal consultant with NoteWell Consulting. She is currently engaged in an SEI research project on “Communicating the Value of Architecting within Agile Development” as well as other activities focusing on architecture within an Agile context.

Previously, Nanette worked at Pitney Bowes Inc., most recently as director of architecture and quality management, where she was responsible for design and implementation of a customized SDLC that blended RUP and Agile practices. Nanette has presented at multiple industry conferences including SD Best Practices and Project World and the World Conference of Business Analysts on topics including facilitated iteration planning and using the SEI scenario-based approach to specify quality attributes.

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