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Workshop at OOPSLA, Seattle, November 2002
Architecture is dead - Long live the Architect!
Dräger Medical AG
Moislinger Allee 53-55
Tel: +49 451 882 3314
Fax: +49 451 882 4410
Tel: +49 700 26533939
Fax: +49 89 74995703
Software Technology Research Laboratory
De Montfort University
Leicester, LE1 9BH
Tel: +44 116 2551551 x6618
Fax: +44 116 2541891
Main topics, Keywords
Methods and Process; Agile; Architecture
Most approaches to software architecture focus on the initial up-front
activities needed in large projects. In contrast, the agile manifesto states
that "the best architectures […] emerge from self-organizing teams." This
suggests that most of the architecture is defined while the system is already
under development. The roles and tasks related to software architecture need
to be rethought: What does the architect actually do while the project is
on its way?
This workshop takes a close look at the role of the software architect,
and the related responsibilities and tasks. The participants will explore
how changes to the process and project culture influence this role, and
what aspects of the role remain stable throughout different processes. The
objective is to collect practices and working attitudes that help the agile
project team to deal with software architecture, and the practicing architect
to deal with agile projects.
There is no commonly accepted definition of the profession of a software
architect yet. Most approaches focus on the initial up-front activities needed
for large projects; more recent publications identify that architects also
influence regular releases. Nowadays, agile development processes suggest
that most of the architecture is defined while the system is already under
Maybe the difference is not as large than it seems at first sight. Software
architecture has always been about problem solving at a rather global technical
level. The technical problems hardly change with the development process.
But here questions arise that have not been clearly answered so far. Is there
more to software architecture than just technical solutions? And finally,
what are the duties of the software architect in not-so-agile projects, after
the release of the initial architecture?
Every interested practitioner, consultant, academic, or otherwise interested
person is invited to apply for attendance. We primarily seek submissions
from people who have already worked as software architect, or have experience
with agile methods in projects of a medium size.
Applicants (and organizers) need to
submit a position statement
not later than August 31st. The position paper describes possible links
between architecture and agile processes, and should not exceed two pages.
The authors will be notified about acceptance by September 15th. The workshop
will be limited to 15 persons.
About the Organizers
Klaus Marquardt (firstname.lastname@example.org
) is lead architect at Dräger Medical AG and responsible for the
architecture of a product family of life-supporting systems. He is in-house
consultant for software development process and components. He has been
introducing object-oriented methods, patterns and agile development ideas
in large organizations.
Jens Coldewey (email@example.com
) is independent consultant in Munich, Germany, specialized in deploying
agile development and object-oriented techniques in large organizations.
He consults architecture projects in several top-100 companies. Jens Coldewey
writes a column on Agile Development in the German SIGS/101 magazine OBJEKTSpektrum.
Alan O'Callaghan (firstname.lastname@example.org
) is Senior Lecturer in computer science at De Montfort University, Leicester,
England. He has consulted in the migration of legacy systems to object and
component-based systems in a number of industrial sectors and authored the
ADAPTOR pattern language. He writes a column on migration in the SIGS/101
journal Application Development Advisor.