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Thursday, April 30 • 11:00am - 11:30am
Agilizing the Architecture Department

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The secret to making architecting agile is to change your view of the main deliverable. An agile software development team does not deliver a “big-bang system,” but a continuous stream of improvements to a system. In the same way, an agile architect does not deliver a “big up-front design,” but a continuous flow of architectural decisions, step by step gaining control of the uncertainties and risks surrounding complex IT solutions. This view of architecture is the basis of Risk- and Cost-Driven Architecture (RCDA), an approach that has been developed by CGI and has been proven to support solution architects globally in a lean and agile manner.

In this session, I will report our experiences implementing RCDA at a major European transportation infrastructure organization. We used RCDA’s principles and practices to help the organization’s architects reconnect with their colleagues who had “gone agile.” The experience shows how to transform an approval- and compliance-oriented architecture department into a collaborative team that helps projects create “just-enough architecture” in tight time frames and explain their priorities and choices to business stakeholders.

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Eltjo Poort

Eltjo R. Poort is a Lead Expert on Solution Architecture at CGI in The Netherlands. In his 30-year career in the software industry, he has fulfilled many engineering and project management roles. In the 1990s, he oversaw the implementation of the first SMS text messaging systems in the United States. In the last decade, he produced various publications on improving architecting practices, including his PhD thesis in 2012. Eltjo is best known... Read More →

Thursday April 30, 2015 11:00am - 11:30am
3. Salon E

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