15th of January 2025
The Architect's
Master Class
“5 very intense days”

Calling all architects, project leaders and senior developers!

Your instructor:
Juval Löwy
Master Software Architect

Juval Löwy, founder of IDesign, has led the industry for over 20 years with innovations like microservices. He has mentored thousands through his Master Classes, assisted companies, and contributed to Microsoft's C# design reviews. A frequent speaker and author of "Righting Software" (2019), Juval is recognized by Microsoft as a Software Legend.

Join other leaders from reputable companies who have taken the Architect’s Master Class

15th - 19th
January 2025
Oslo, Norway
Venue: TBD
Early Bird Price

38'000 NOK / 3650 USD

Available until July 1st 2024

Price increases to 40'000 NOK (3800 USD) thereafter

For group discount, contact [email protected]

The Master Class will run from 9 AM
until approximately 6 PM each day.
However, we will end by 5 pm on Friday.

The approximate daily schedule will be:
09:00 - 10:30 Session
10:30 - 10:45 Break
10:45 - 12:00 Session
12:00 - 13:15 Lunch
13:15 - 15:00 Session
15:00 - 15:15 Break
15:15 - 18:00 Session
18:00 - 20:00 Evening sessions (optional)
The Role and Responsibilities of a Software Architect
While many developers and managers have a clear idea regarding the characteristics, practices, and corresponding set of responsibilities of their roles, the picture is often vague when it comes to software architects. What is the single most important task facing the software architect? What is the division of labor and responsibilities between the architect and the project manager? How much the architecture should be tied in to the particulars of the underlying technology used, or for that matter, for the specifics of the business? Where is the hand-off point between the architect and the developers? What are the necessary skills and analysis tools employed by an architect? How do you validate the design before construction begins? How do methodologies such as service-orientation affect the design and development process? What are software architecture's best practices, guidelines and pitfalls? How do you go about designing world-class systems? How do you make the transition from abstract design patterns and concepts to concrete development decisions? How does the architect decompose the system into its subsystems and modules?

Introduction to the Architect’s Master Class
IDesign's flagship offering, the Architect’s Master Class, is the ultimate resource for the professional architect. The class answers the above questions and more, by teaching the architect how to take an active leadership role in process, design, and technology. You will learn how to lead your team through the use of effective software processes, how to best leverage service-orientation, how to prepare your team and system for the next methodology and technology wave of actors, and how to apply the IDesign Method. This five days training class is conducted by Juval Lowy who shares his vast experience and perspective with the students, imparting both knowledge and insight, ensuring your success as a modern software architect. Juval will provide the common foundation required by software architects, both technical and soft skills. The class sets the focus on the "why" and the rationale behind particular design decisions, often shedding light on poorly understood aspects.

The Unique Focus of the Architect’s Master Class
Noteworthy is that this class is called the Architect’s Master Class (as opposed to the Architecture Master Class) because it focuses on the person behind the role, on the skills and techniques practiced by architects. The class presents the core body of knowledge required of today’s modern software architects, knowledge that transcends mere design patterns and architecture. The core body of knowledge comprises of three elements: development process, technology, and finally analysis & design. The class shows the architect how to take an active leadership role on all three aspects, as a continuum, since in order to deliver high-quality, affordable solutions, one cannot separate process from design from technology – all three have to work in concert. The class also points out classic mistakes and risk mitigations across the process, technology and design.

Course Content Breakdown
The first part of the class is devoted to the accompanying development process and the required project design skills. You will see how the development process itself needs to be modular, accommodating the complexity of the microservices as a system. The class shows how the various team members – the architect, the project manager and the developers – should work in concert, and their respective tasks and responsibilities. The second part starts with an analysis of today's key design methodology and services contract factoring, showing how to design reusable services. Juval will next explain the IDesign original approach to system analysis and design called the IDesign Method - a battle-proven approach to software architecture providing a significant reduction in the effort and time required for architecting, designing, and implementing software solutions. The IDesign Method distils the IDesign's accumulative lessons learned over more than two decades of architecting systems across numerous projects, industries, countries, and teams. The IDesign Method has three elements: it is a method for decomposing a system into modules or services based on volatility, the IDesign Method offers a set of simple design guidelines how to structure the system, and a way to validate the design, to know it can handle any requirements, present and future, known and unknown. You will learn what motivated IDesign to lead the industry in calling for microservices almost twenty years ago and what is coming next.

Future Projections and Resources
The class concludes with a detailed projection of the next generation of development platforms, both from a technology and methodology standpoint, and how to best prepare for them. In the class you will also receive the IDesign documents and diagram templates, tools and samples, and reference projects. Don’t miss on this unique opportunity to learn and improve your architecture skills with IDesign, and share our passion for architecture and software engineering, gain from our experience of numerous projects and profound insight on architecture, process, methodology and their applications.
The Architect

Software development as engineering Types of architects The role of the architect Architects and technology Architects and the business

Microservices Development Process

Design granularity effect on the project The design and the team Project design Documentation Composable design Quality control Design for performance Services simulation and emulation Peer reviews Development and design standards Metrics collection Management visibility

Introduction to Service-Orientation

Why service orientation Service-oriented architecture Service-oriented applications

Service Contract Design and Factoring

Service contract design Contract factoring techniques Contract metrics

Service Granularity

Every class as a service? Performance consideration and perspective Benchmarks The future platform

Design and Architecture

The IDesign Method Classic mistakes Volatility-Based decomposition Universal design principles The architect's challenge Axes of volatility Design sample Volatility and the business Open and closed architecture Structure with clients, managers, engines, resource access and utilities Design validation Containing changes Design Don'ts

The Actor Model

Past and future of software engineering Moore's Law demise Mesh computing What are actors Actors market drivers Messaging design patterns Implementation guidelines Actors misconceptions

Agile and Design

Agile in the wild Skills and Agile development Design as key to agility Agile as assembly process Agile and lean manufacturing Compressing agile projects


What about Monday The pitfall of Groupthink Architect as agent of change

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Nadeem Qureshi
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