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Audience

Architects

Prerequisites

None

Outline

Outline of Fundamentals of Architectural Thinking Training Chapter 1 - Introduction

  • Introductions
  • Course Outline
  • Handouts & Appendices
  • Practical Application
  • Practical Application: Filling Your Toolbox
  • Course Evaluation & Questions
  • Course Delivery Overview

Chapter 2 - Architecture Overview

  • Architecture
  • Architects
  • Importance of Architecture
  • Communications Vehicle Among Stakeholders
  • The Project is Organized Around Architectural Elements
  • What is a System?
  • Why Focus on Structure?
  • Architecturally Significant
  • Architecturally Significant Elements
  • Solution Architecture
  • Solution Architecture Context
  • Solution Architecture & Domains
  • SA Spans All Domains
  • Relationship to EA Architecture Development Process
  • Solution Architecture Stakeholders
  • Solution Architecture Deliverables
  • EA Involvement in SA
  • Agile Architecture
  • Continuous Architecture
  • Group Discussion: Architecture
  • Summary

Chapter 3 - Architecture Strategies

  • Fundamental Architecture Concepts
  • Abstraction
  • Coupling
  • Cohesion
  • Encapsulation & Information Hiding
  • Architecture Principles
  • Components of Principles
  • Qualities of a Good Set of Principles
  • Example: Architecture Principles
  • Sample: Architecture Principles

Chapter 4 - Core Architecture Methods

  • Shared Vision
  • Example Shared Vision
  • Draw the Boundary
  • Well-defined Interface
  • Example: Context Diagram
  • Identify the External Interfaces
  • Subsystems
  • Subsystem Context Diagram
  • Layers
  • Example: Subsystems with Layers
  • Components
  • Requirements Allocation
  • Group Discussion: Requirements Allocation

Chapter 5 - Agile Architecture

  • What is the Problem We're Trying to Solve?
  • Prioritization
  • Integration
  • What About How the Environment Has Changed?
  • So What to Do?
  • Goals of Agile Architecture
  • Benefits
  • Agile Architecture at Work
  • Agile Architecture for Agile Software Projects
  • Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)
  • Agile Architecture for Software
  • Agile Architecture Research
  • Agile Architecture Research Example 1
  • Agile Architecture Research Example 2
  • Agile Architecture Research Example 3
  • Agile Architecture as an EA Practice
  • Agile Architecture in the Industry
  • Agile Architecture for EA Conclusion

Chapter 6 - Architecture Requirements

  • Architecture Quality Attributes
  • Quality of Service Requirement Categories
  • Trade-off Analysis
  • Group Discussion: Trade-offs
  • Technique: Requirement Patterns
  • Tool: Non-Functional Requirement Patterns
  • Checklist: Requirement Statement Best Practices
  • Technique: Architecture Change Cases
  • Template: Elements of a Change Case
  • Example: Change Case
  • Eliciting Change Cases
  • Group Discussion: Change Case

Chapter 7 - Stakeholder Management

  • Stakeholders
  • Stakeholder Management
  • When to Focus on Stakeholder Management
  • Steps in the Stakeholder Management Process
  • Identifying Stakeholders
  • Example Stakeholders & Concerns
  • Views and Viewpoints
  • Example View: Claim Handling from a Process Viewpoint
  • Classifying Stakeholde Positions: The Stakeholder Matrix
  • Determining the Stakeholder Management Approach and Tailoring the Deliverables: The Stakeholder Map
  • Example: Stakeholder Map
  • Template: Stakeholder Map Matrix Template

Chapter 8 - Architecture Techniques

  • Progressive Filtering
  • Rubric
  • Example: Service Design Rubric
  • Example: Architecture Rubric
  • Refactoring
  • Think About the Future, But Wait to Act
  • Feature Tree
  • Flowcharts
  • Strength, Weakness, Opportunity, Threat (SWOT) Analysis
  • Example: SWOT Layout
  • SWOT Steps

Chapter 9 - Architecture Deliverables

  • Documentation Best Practices
  • Architecture Requirements Document
  • Template: Requirements Specification
  • IEEE Architectural Description Document
  • Template: Architectural Description Document
  • TOGAF Architecture Definition Document
  • Templates: Architectural Definition Document
  • Group Discussion: Architecture Definition Documents
  • Interface Design Document
  • Template: Interface Design Document
  • Database Design Document
  • Template: Database Design Document
  • Platform Design Document
  • Template: Platform Design Document
  • Group Discussion: Documentation
  • Verbal Supports: CREST
  • Group Discussion: Presentations

Chapter 10 - The Architecture Toolbox

  • Improving Architecture Skills
  • Improving Architecture Skills: Spend Time @ the Library
  • Improving Architecture Skills: Use Cookbooks
  • Improving Architecture Skills: Practice with Mentors
  • Improving Architecture Skills: Look for Existing Stuff
  • Improving Architecture Skills: Build a Toolbox
  • What Goes in A Toolbox
  • Business Analysis Book of Knowledge (BABOK)
  • Resource: Business Architecture Body of Knowledge (BIZBOK )
  • DAMA DMBOK
  • Software Engineering Institute (SEI)
  • Software Engineering Book of Knowledge (SWEBOK)
  • OpenUp
  • Microsoft Library
  • Financial Industry Organizations
  • Health Industry Organizations
  • Retail Industry Organizations
  • Technology Industry Organizations
  • Reference Library
  • Practitioner Toolbox Items
  • Group Discussion: Toolbox Items

Handout 1 - Sample Principles

  • Business Principles
  • Data Principles
  • Application Principles
  • Technology Principles
  • Governance Principles
  • SOA Governance Principles

Handout 2 - Requirement Patterns Handout 3 - Rubric Worksheet Appendix A - Reference Library

  • Overview
  • Industry Organizations
  • References & Further Reading

Appendix B - Architecture Tactics

  • Tactics
  • Availability Tactics
  • Modifiability Tactics
  • Performance Tactics
  • Security Tactics
  • Testability Tactics
  • Usability Tactics
  • Approach for Describing Tactics
  • Group Discussion: Tactics
  • Pipes & Filters: Tactics
  • Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA): Tactics
  • Architectural Patterns and Corresponding Tactics for Modifiability

Appendix C - Patterns

  • What are Patterns?
  • Elements of a Pattern
  • Pattern Levels
  • Pattern Types
  • How to Start Using Patterns?
  • Common Architectural Patterns
  • Layers Pattern
  • Example: Retail Layered Architecture
  • Object-Oriented Design Patterns
  • OO Design Patterns
  • Structural Design Pattern: Facade Pattern Example
  • Enterprise Integration Patterns
  • Messaging Systems: Overview
  • Example Pattern: Pipes and Filters
  • Example: Monitoring Credit Bureau
  • EAA Patterns
  • Model-View-Controller (MVC) Pattern
  • SOA Patterns
  • Example: Saga Pattern
  • Business Process Patterns
  • Example: Synchronizing Merge Pattern
  • Configuration Management Patterns
  • New Patterns Continue to Emerge
  • Group Discussion: Patterns

Appendix D - Pattern List Appendix E - Interface Specifications

  • Interface Specification Best Practices

Appendix F - Architecture Glossary

  • ABC
  • DEF
  • GHI
  • MNO
  • PQR
  • STU
  • VWXYZ

Lab Exercises

  • Lab 1. Requirements
  • Lab 2. System Scope
  • Lab 3. Architecture Techniques
  • Lab 4. Start Your Architecture Toolbox

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