• Masterclass with Neal Ford: Fundamentals of Software Architecture. An Engineering Approach


    28 May 2020, Timisoara



    Based on his latest book

Masterclass with Neal Ford: Fundamentals of Software Architecture. An Engineering Approach


28 May 2020, Timisoara


This hands-on workshop is based on his just-published book Fundamentals of Software Architecture and includes examples from the book. He provides many examples of modern engineering practices in software architectures.

The job Software Architect places in the top ten of most annual surveys of best jobs, yet no clear path exists from Developer to Architect. Why aren’t there more books and training materials to fill this demand? First, software architecture is a massive multidisciplinary subject, covering many roles and responsibilities, making it difficult to teach because so much context is required for the interesting subjects. Second, it’s a fast moving discipline, where entire suites of best practices become obsolete overnight.

“This workshop provides a strong foundation to build upon to start the journey towards software architect.”



28 May 2020, Timisoara

08:00 – 08:30    Registration & Welcome coffee
08:30 – 10:30    Part I
10:30 – 11:00    Coffee break
11:00 – 13:00    Part II
13:00 – 14:00    Business lunch
14:00 – 16:30    Part III
16:30          Closing remarks & and wrap-up

This workshop focuses on the foundational material required for success as a modern software architecture. It touches upon the major design elements of the role and discusses several soft skills such as communication as well. It is based on his just-published book Fundamentals of Software Architecture and includes examples from the book.

  • Software architecture defined
  • Architecture characteristics
  • Component-based thinking
  • Architecture quantum
  • Scope of architecture characteristics
  • Exercise: Determine architecture quantum
  • Automating architectural governance
  • Architecture styles overview
    • Monoliths
    • Micro-kernel
    • Pipes/filters
    • Event-driven architectures
    • Orchestration-driven service-oriented architecture
    • Microservices
    • Space-based architecture
    • Service-based architecture
  • Choosing an architecture style
  • Exercise: Choose an architecture
  • Documenting architecture
  • Exercise: Document communication styles
  • Next steps

Speaker: Neal Ford

ThoughtWorker / Software Architect / Meme Wrangler / Software Consultant / Speaker / Writer


Neal is Director, Software Architect, and Meme Wrangler at ThoughtWorks, a global IT consultancy with an exclusive focus on end-to-end software development and delivery. Before joining ThoughtWorks, Neal was the Chief Technology Officer at The DSW Group, Ltd., a nationally recognized training and development firm.

Neal has a degree in Computer Science from Georgia State University specializing in languages and compilers and a minor in mathematics specializing in statistical analysis. He is also the designer and developer of applications, instructional materials, magazine articles, and video presentations. He is also the author of 6 books, including the most recent Presentation Patterns and Functional Thinking. Given his degree, Neal is a bit of a language geek, with affections including but not limited to Ruby, Clojure, Java, Groovy, JavaScript, Scala and C#/.NET. His primary consulting focus is the design and construction of large-scale enterprise applications. Neal is an internationally acclaimed speaker, having spoken at over 300 developer conferences worldwide, delivering more than 2000 presentations. If you have an insatiable curiosity about Neal, visit his web site at nealford.com.

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About Software Architecture Day Editions

Software Architecture Day is an unique event, designed for technical team leads, architects, engineering directors, and project managers who influence innovation in their teams.

The event is held every year in the main cities of Romania: Bucharest, Cluj Napoca, Timisoara and Iasi.

Since 2013, Software Architecture Day brought some of the top specialists in software architecture in the world: Neal Ford (USA), Brian Sletten (USA), Fred George (USA), Tom Gilb (NORVEGIA), Sander Hoogendoorn (OLANDA), Raoul Urma (UK), Rick Kazman (HAWAII), Eoin Woods and others.

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