FUNDAMENTALS OF ARCHITECTURAL THINKING– GTAM5

Course Description

This course, through its nine chapter modules, is designed to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to build robust, scalable, and maintainable architectures. It teaches a methodology and a set of techniques that show how to ensure that all aspects of architecture are covered and documented. It also instructs students in a set of architectural structures and patterns essential in building enterprise architectures. Particular attention is given to topics that improve the precision and quality of developed systems. Every module ends with a quiz to ensure mastery of the subject matter.

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Duration

2 days

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Target Audience

This course is designed for Architects, Developers, Designers and Analysts.

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Course Prerequisites

Basic understanding of software development is required.

If you have any questions or doubts as to whether you meet the pre-requisites for this course, or indeed are wondering which course best suits you, please consult with us to discuss your suitability for course attendance.

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Course Content

1. ARCHITECTURE PRIMER

Architects

Architects and Architecture

Group Discussion

Enterprise Architecture Definitions (Wikipedia)

More Enterprise Architecture Definitions

A Rose By Any Other Name

Enterprise, Solution, and Technical Architectures

City Planners

City Planning and EA

Examples of Enterprise Architecture

Solution Architecture

Examples of Solution Architecture

Solution Architecture Example: SOA for Insurance

Technical Architecture

Examples of Technical Architecture

Technical Architecture Example

Architecture Is Not Only Design

2. THE ROLE OF THE ARCHITECT

The Architect Identity Crisis

Exercise – “

What’s in a Name?”

An Architect is NOT… 1/3

An Architect is NOT… 2/3

An Architect is NOT… 3/3

What is the role of the architect?

Traditional Architects

The Para

llel to IT Architecture

The Softer Side of Architecture

Architect as a Rosetta Stone

The Process of Creating an Architecture

A Day in the Life of an Architect

Recommended Practices for Architects

Summary – 1/2

Summary – 2/2

 

3. THINKING LIKE AN ARCHITECT

Bloom’s Taxonomy

Bloom’s Taxonomy – The Cognitive Domain

Bloom’s Taxonomy – Lower-order Cognition

Bloom’s Taxonomy – Higher-order Cognition

Promoting Critical-thinking Amongst Architects

Abstract vs Concrete Thinking

Abstract Thinking in Architecture

Abstract Problem-solving

Linear vs Adaptive Strategic Thinking

Pictorial Thinking

Pattern Recognition

Creativity and Innovation

4. SOLUTION ARCHITECTURE OVERVIEW

Understanding Solution Architecture

The Solution Architect

The Solution Architecture Context

Introducing Architecture Domains

Identifying the Architecture Domains

Diving into the Domains

Solution Architecture Realization Process

Requirements and Deliverables

Divide and Conquer

5. TECHNICAL ARCHITECTURE FOR SOFTWARE

Software Development Methodologies

Waterfall Development Methodology

Iterative Development Methodology

Low Ceremony/High Ceremony

Comparison of Some Software Methodologies

The Spirit of the Rational Unified Process: Well-Defined Software Engineering

Two Dimensions of the RUP Process

Dynamic Dimension of RUP: Life-cycle Phases & Milestones

Static Dimension of RUP: Modeling Elements

Static Dimension of RUP: Disciplines

Spirit of RUP: Iterative & Risk-Driven Approach

Architecture Description

Architectural Views

The 4+1 Views Approach

Use Case View

Logical View

Process Views

Implementation View

Deployment View

CHAPTER 6. THE META-ARCHITECTURE TOOLBOX

Exercise – “The Napkin Test”

The Mind of an Architect

The Napkin Test

The Meta-Architecture Toolbox

The Toolbox

Toolbox FAQs – 1/2

Toolbox FAQs – 2/2

What an Architect Must HAVE

What an Architect Must DO

What an Architect May Use – 1/2

What an Architect May Use – 2/2

7. THE META ARCHITECTURE MATURITY MODEL

Architecture Risks

Introducing the Meta Architecture Maturity Model

Level 0 – Ad Hoc

Level 1 – Initial

Level 2 – Repeatable

Level 3 – Defined

Level 4 – Managed

Level 5 – Optimizing

Progressing in Maturity

8. ADOPTION ROAD MAP

Incremental Development

Typical Adoption Process

Architecture Adoption Phase 1

Architecture Adoption Phase 2

Architecture Adoption Phase 3

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