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September 11 · Issue #161 · View online

Level Up delivers a curated newsletter for leaders in tech. A project by https://patkua.com. Ideal for busy people such as Tech Leads, Engineering Managers, VPs of Engineering, CTOs and more.


Agile meets Architecture
One of the highlights of my week was attending and presenting at the inaugural Agile meets Architecture conference in my home town, Berlin, Germany. I was invited to be part of the programme committee and it’s something we had planned for 2020 but I think you all know what happened after that 🫣
Having spent time at both agile conferences and architecture conferences, I agreed with the group who started this that there wasn’t really one conference that attracted both of these groups well. My experience of agile conferences felt like those “certified” communities took over, often focusing on processes, role definitions and adopting agile (all still useful) but de-emphasising the necessary technical foundation/excellence needed. In contrast, in many technical or architecture conferences, everyone seemed focused on the newest and latest tools, approaches, or sharing case studies often excluding the structure or processes that enabled them.
The thing I especially liked about Agile meets Architecture was the relatively small size of the conference (~150). Its size allowed you to really interact with other presenters and participants instead of being lost in a big crowd. If you’re interested in the talks, watch out on their Twitter (@AmA_conf) account as they’ll be announcing videos as they publish them on Youtube.
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I was presenting on architecture fitness functions, an idea we captured in our book Building Evolutionary Architectures
I was presenting on architecture fitness functions, an idea we captured in our book Building Evolutionary Architectures
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