Workshop: Developer To Architect

Location: Cantor & Jolson, 9th fl.

Duration: 9:00am - 4:00pm

Day of week: Monday

Level: Beginner

Prerequisites

Neither a laptop nor special software is required for this workshop though your modeling tool of choice (Spark, Visio, OmniGraffle, etc.) is welcome for the exercises. Of course paper and pencil are very effective too and frankly recommended! We will work in pairs or teams. A laptop will be helpful for presenting exercises in class and taking notes but is not required. That's it! Well, and a willingness to participate!

Becoming a software architect is a longed-for career upgrade for many software developers. While the job title suggests a work day focused on technical decision-making, the reality is quite different. In this workshop, software architect Nathaniel Schutta constructs a real world job description in which communication trumps coding.

Key takeaways:

  • Discover the skill sets needed to juggle multiple priorities, meetings, and time demands
  • Learn why your best team leadership tool is not a hammer but a shared cup of coffee
  • Hear the best ways to give and take criticism
  • Understand the necessity of writing effective email and formal architecture documents
  • Get tips for delivering confident career-building presentations to any audience
  • Review essential techniques for stakeholder management and relationship building
  • Explore the critical needs for architecture reviews and an effective process for conducting them

Speaker: Nathaniel Schutta

Software Architect Focused on UI Design

Nathaniel T. Schutta is a solution architect focused on making usable applications. A proponent of polyglot programming, Nate has written two books on Ajax and speaks regularly at various worldwide conferences, No Fluff Just Stuff symposia, universities, and Java user groups. In addition to his day job, Nate is an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota, where he teaches students to embrace dynamic languages. Most recently, Nate coauthored Presentation Patterns with Neal Ford and Matthew McCullough.

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